put (one's) hand to the plow

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put (one's) hand to the plow

To set to work; to begin or get busy working. (Spelled "hand to the plough" in British English.) Primarily heard in US. We've spent a long time planning our business model and strategy for success; now it's time to put our hand to the plow and get things moving. My father loves his work; even after retiring, he still puts his hand to the plow with various projects.
See also: hand, plow, put

put one's hand to the plow

Fig. to get busy; to help out; to start working. (Alludes to grasping a plow, ready to work the fields.) You should start work now. It's time to put your hand to the plow. Put your hand to the plow and get the job done!
See also: hand, plow, put
References in classic literature ?
But I've put my hand to the plow and I won't look back.