put (one's) hand to the plough

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put (one's) hand to the plough

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

put (or set) your hand to the plough

embark on a task.
This phrase alludes to Luke 9:62: ‘And Jesus said unto him, No man, having put his hand to the plough, and looking back, is fit for the kingdom of God’.
See also: hand, plough, put
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