roll up one's sleeves

roll up (one's) sleeves

To get ready to do something difficult, intense, or demanding. Well, we have a long day ahead, so let's roll up our sleeves and start! I know you're disappointed, but you need to roll up your sleeves and redouble your efforts.
See also: roll, sleeve, up

roll up one's sleeves

Prepare to work, as in When he saw how much snow had fallen he simply rolled up his sleeves and went to find the shovel . This expression, alluding to turning one's sleeves upward to avoid getting them wet or dirty, is used both literally and more loosely, as in the example here.
See also: roll, sleeve, up