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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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Clive is 60 and still doing the hard yards in the front-row, whilst scrum half Graham - who turned 63 last July - even has the bus pass to prove it
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.
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And the 25-year-old former Bradford City frontman reckons the goals will flow thanks to the hard yards he has put in over the close season.
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.
Much better link up play, clever ball work but it was the hard yards to press that was most important.
Both are 28, both will be earning their 34th cap, and both of them have done the hard yards to get to the top in what should be a fascinating match–up.
But we are very lucky at Warwickshire that we have some great players and even luckier that we have a group of players who are prepared to put in the hard yards.
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.
Well, sonny, for you a place on the bench is on the cards - you've got to do the hard yards before you earn the right to call me Pards.
Yet just a fortnight after his SW19 heroics Murray was back putting in the hard yards and Petchey (above) was there to witness the drive and dedication which has turned him into a champion.
After putting in the hard yards during the week, I feel that it is important to let your hair down at the weekend and enjoy the company of friends.