put back to

put one's back (in)to something

 
1. Fig. to apply great physical effort to lift or move something. All right, you guys. Put your backs into moving this piano. You can lift it if you put your back to it.
2. Fig. to apply a lot of mental or creative effort to doing something. (From {1}.) If we put our backs to it, we can bake twelve dozen cookies today. The artist put his back into finishing the picture on time.
See also: back, put
References in classic literature ?
Tyne to Bankok; coals; put back to Falmouth leaky and with crew refusing duty.
And so he had been, I felt no doubt: only, as the time had been put back to the beginning of the tete-a-tete he referred to, the whole of it had passed into oblivion, if not into nothingness
Franklin's bedroom (if THAT is to be put back to what it was before), I want to know who is responsible for keeping it in a perpetual state of litter, no matter how often it may be set right-- his trousers here, his towels there, and his French novels everywhere.
It is impossible for me to say what terrific meaning was hidden in the words of this brown forester, but I know that the other passengers looked on in a sort of admiring horror, and that presently the boat was put back to the wharf, and as many of the Pioneers as could be coaxed or bullied into going away, were got rid of.
If it isn't very brown, ma, I can't eat it, and must have a bit put back to be done expressly.
SPECIAL meetings of health boards across South Wales to discuss recommendations on the future of hospital services across the region have been put back to the New Year.
However, this game would be put back to the following day if Newcastle qualify for the group stages.
Summary: Harry Redknapp has revealed that Ledley King's groin operation has been put back to next week because the defender lost his passport.
THE inaugural Champions League Twenty20 is being put back to December, organisers have announced.
The second-team trip to Bradford had already been put back to Wednesday, April 16 (7.
LIVERPOOL'S Premiership match at Blackburn has been put back to Sunday, April 16, to avoid a clash with the annual Hillsborough memorial service at Anfield.
In Gateshead, bins normally emptied on Monday will be emptied on Wednesday, Tuesday's collection has been put back to Thursday, Wednesday's to Friday, Thursday's to Saturday and Friday's to the following Tuesday.
OLYMPIA, Greece - A brilliant idea, taking the shot put back to the birthplace of the Olympic Games, proving, if nothing else, that everything old really can become new again.
The Elite League trip to Wolverhampton scheduled for Monday April 14 has been put back to Monday May 19, and will now be televised live by Sky Sports.
Rather than allow these properties to languish in the hands of state bureaucracies, we are putting them put back to work for the people of New York, helping to ease the burden on local property taxpayers," Pataki added.