hard yards

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do the hard yards

To do particularly hard work or put forth a large amount of effort (toward some task), especially in sports. You're never going to have a successful business if you aren't willing to do the hard yards yourself. Our team did the hard yards all game long, and we managed to pull out a victory in the end because of it.
See also: hard, yard

hard yards

Particularly hard work or a large amount of effort (toward some task), especially in sports. Often used with the verbs "do," "make," or "put in." You're never going to have a successful business if you aren't willing to put in the hard yards yourself. Our team did the hard yards all game long, and we managed to pull out a victory in the end because of it.
See also: hard, yard
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Injury to Billy Vunipola and Nathan Hughes has created a vacancy for a destructive ball-carrier to eat up the hard yards in Rome.
Saturday's win was built on a powerful first half performance playing into the gale as Cov kept things tight through their forwards, kept the ball in hand and made the hard yards to limit the opposition's possession.
This atmosphere will give everyone a lift, and that last percentage to make the hard yards and the dirty yards to make it as uncomfortable (for Newcastle) as we can.
McCormack still has a little way to go before he is as physically fit as Bruce would like, but he has been putting in the hard yards in the last two weeks.
GINI WIJNALDUM admits he "hates" pre-season - but the Liverpool midfielder knows he must put in the hard yards at Melwood to ensure he builds on an impressive first year at Anfield.
A team of directors from the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) put in the hard yards to raise more than 1500 for a good cause.
I've been putting the hard yards back in and it's paying off for me.
And the 23-year-old vowed to put in the hard yards if selected for Pakistan.
8 Vermeulen has been at the front of the queue when it comes to making the hard yards for franchise and country with his ball-carrying prowess.
BEAR NECESSITY: Kodi Bear is putting in the hard yards, unlike some of his rivals
HUNTER'S VERDICT Sunderland put in the hard yards to guarantee safety at Arsenal in midweek, so the pressure is off at Stamford Bridge.
And the slight Belgian has been putting in the hard yards in the gym to ensure he is capable of taking on and beating defenders for pace.
Pistorious was also made to walk the hard yards, under the composed presence of the learned judge.
LAURA MUIR has done the hard yards to get her through her middle distance double but insists she won't risk burnout - even if it means cutting her Commonwealth Games short.
Clarke said his incumbent pacers had put in the hard yards at Port Elizabeth, and reiterated his preference for a seam-bowling all-rounder in the team.