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knuckle down

To begin to work on something in a determined matter. If you want to get a passing grade this semester, you'll really need to knuckle down and study hard.
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knuckle down (to something)

Fig. to get busy doing something. I want you to knuckle down to your work and stop worrying about the past. Come on. Knuckle down. Get busy.
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knuckle down

1. Apply oneself seriously to some task or goal, as in The professor insisted that we knuckle down and get our papers in by Friday. Both this term and the rhyming synonym buckle down date from the 1860s, but the precise allusion in either is unclear.
2. See knuckle under.
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knuckle down

v.
To apply oneself earnestly to a task: We've been relaxing too long—it's time for us to knuckle down and finish this work.
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knuckle down

verb
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knuckle down

Apply yourself to the job at hand. The phrase comes from the game of marbles, one of the once-popular children's street games. Players shot their “shooter” marble by clenching the marble in a fist with knuckles touching the ground, then launching it with a flick of the thumb. When it was a player's turn and his attention was elsewhere, he was reminded, “Okay, knuckle down.” A similar phrase, “buckle down” most likely came from the idea of tightening your belt before performing an arduous task.
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We have to show professionalism in times of hardship and the players know they have got to knuckle down.
When you are not on top of the pile then you have to be honest enough to admit it and knuckle down to try and find the speed.
JOEY BARTON has been told to knuckle down by Manchester City boss Stuart Pearce on his return to the Premiership club following a three-day course of lifestyle coaching.
Manager Paul Smith said: "We must knuckle down and try to dig our way out of this.
At 23 I really have to knuckle down because I have taken football for granted in my career.
Enough of the lecture - just remember this as a horrible vision of the future, if you don't knuckle down next term
Technically, they may be far superior but we're going to knuckle down and fight for a result.
LIAM Ridgewell has told Blues they must knuckle down and start to show their pride.
I need players to knuckle down and give everything they've got.
It's given me a lot of confidence to knuckle down over the winter
But with Martin O'Neill he will knuckle down and show everyone what a player he is.
It was a big culture shock at first having to knuckle down and study every night when I got in from a long shift in the factory, and at times it was very difficult to open the books.
STUDENTS revising for final exams in the next couple of months can boost their salary expectations by nearly a quarter if they knuckle down to some hard work now.
There has been a lapse in concentration here or there, maybe a bit of tiredness but we need to knuckle down and do what we were doing at the start of the season which was winning the game and shutting the game down.
NICKY BUTT has told Newcastle team-mates to stop assuming they are a top Premier League side - and to knuckle down for a fight.