roll up your sleeves

roll up (one's) sleeves

To do or 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.
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roll up your sleeves

If you roll up your sleeves, you get ready to work hard, often as part of a group of people. He was very much a team player, rolling up his sleeves and getting down to work. When others refused to act, Jamie was the first to roll up his sleeves and get to work.
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roll up your sleeves

prepare to fight or work.
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roll up your ˈsleeves

(informal) get ready for hard work: We’ve just moved into a bigger house and there’s a lot to do. I guess we’ll just have to roll up our sleeves and get on with it. OPPOSITE: put your feet up
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In my experience, when you roll up your sleeves, you look slimmer.
So roll up your sleeves and get ready to roll up your tortilla.
Clearly, Roy is one of our industry's most well respected managers who has the same no nonsense, roll up your sleeves approach to work that is so much a vital part of our company's culture.