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have (one's) nose to the grindstone

To work hard and/or diligently on something. I'm so impressed by your grades, honey—you really had your nose to the grindstone this year, and it paid off! I have my nose to the grindstone because I really want to get this promotion.
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keep (one's) nose to the grindstone

To work hard and/or diligently on something. I'm so impressed by your grades, honey—you really kept your nose to the grindstone this year, and it paid off! I've got to keep my nose to the grindstone if I'm going to get this promotion.
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nose to the grindstone

A phrase said of one who is working hard and/or diligently on something. Sometimes used as an imperative. I'm so impressed your grades, honey—you really put your nose to the grindstone this year, and it paid off! I've got to keep my nose to the grindstone if I'm going to get this promotion. We need to finish this project tonight! Nose to the grindstone, people!
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put (one's) nose to the grindstone

To work hard and diligently (on something); to put in a lot of time and effort (doing something). I'm so impressed by your grades, honey—you really put your nose to the grindstone this year, and it paid off! I've got to put my nose to the grindstone if I'm going to get this promotion.
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keep one's nose to the grindstone

Fig. to work hard and constantly. Son: I'll never get good grades. I might as well not even study. Mother: Don't give up yet. I'm sure that if you just keep your nose to the grindstone, you'll get the results you want. Mary kept her nose to the grindstone while her friends were out enjoying themselves.
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put one's nose to the grindstone

Fig. to keep busy doing one's work. (Also with have and get, as in the examples.) The boss told me to put my nose to the grindstone. I've had my nose to the grindstone ever since I started working here. If the other people in this office would get their noses to the grindstone, more work would get done.
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nose to the grindstone, keep one's

Stay hard at work, as in We expect John to get good grades again, since he really keeps his nose to the grindstone. This expression, first recorded in 1539, alludes to a tool that must be sharpened by being held to a grindstone.
See also: keep, nose

keep your nose to the grindstone

If you keep your nose to the grindstone, you continue to work very hard and do not spend time on other things. I know if I keep my nose to the grindstone and work hard, things will work out. There is more to life than keeping your nose to the grindstone and saving for a rainy day. Note: You can also say that you put your nose to the grindstone, meaning that you start to work hard. If she focuses and puts her nose to the grindstone, I think she'll do extremely well. Note: A grindstone is a stone disc that moves around and is used to sharpen metal tools. The reference here is to a person bending over the grindstone while they are working, so that their nose is close to it.
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keep your nose to the grindstone

work hard and continuously.
A grindstone was a thick revolving disc of stone on which knives and tools were sharpened. Appearing in various forms since the mid 16th century, this idiom originally referred to getting mastery over someone else by forcing them to work without a break.
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keep your ˌnose to the ˈgrindstone

(informal) continue to work very hard: Keep your nose to the grindstone and you should pass the exam easily. OPPOSITE: put your feet up
A grindstone is a machine used for grinding, sharpening and polishing knives and tools.
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put (one's) nose to the grindstone

To work in earnest.
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nose to the grindstone, have/keep one's

To work hard all the time. The image, transferred from tools that must continuously be sharpened, is a vivid one and has been used since the sixteenth century. “This Text holdeth their noses to hard to the grindstone, that it clean disfigureth their faces,” wrote John Faith (A Mirrour to Knowe Thyselfe, 1539).
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Stone: According to a publication of 1649 "A Scot, a rat, and a Newcastle grindstone you may find all the world over."
Australian typologists have largely ignored the systematics of grindstones. In this paper, therefore, I attempt to formally describe Western Desert tjiwa and tjungari and to underscore their difference from classic Central Australian millstones and mullers.
(1997) argued that 'amorphous' grindstones and millstones are the opposite ends of a reduction trajectory that begins with flat grindstones and ends with the more deeply worn 'troughed' millstones.
If these rates are confirmed, specialised millstones are around twice as efficient for processing cereals as generalised grindstones such as tjiwa.
Their western boundary is probably near Cue on the western edge of the Western Desert--where Webb (2007) records numerous flat or dished grindstones on granite --and the Carnarvon Range, where numerous 'flat' grinding slabs are reported adjacent to Serpent's Glen (Veth and O'Connor 1996).
The rich history of coal mining and grindstone quarrying at Joggins, Nova Scotia, prior to Lyell's visit in 1842 is less well known than its subsequent history.
The aim of this paper is to review this older literature and in particular to discuss the earliest history of coal mining and grindstone quarrying, which commenced in the late seventeenth century.
Grindstone manufacture along the Joggins Section, like coal mining, may have commenced in the early eighteenth century, although there are no clear records until after the Grand Derangement.
Yesterday, however, the honeymoon was over, and it was nose to the grindstone once more with attendance at `Breakfast With The Stars', a social event held at Nad Al Sheba to promote tomorrow's Dubai World Cup.
At the Goltepe site, the Smithsonian researchers counted 250,000 grindstones near the mine's mouth.
Grindstones from these quarries have been identified in museum collections from Boulia, a thousand kilometres to the north (McBryde 1997:594).
However, it seems likely that many of the grindstones produced here were used locally within the Strzelecki Desert, as Hughes (1980:13) found implements of Narcoonowie stone widely distributed within 65 kilometres of the quarry.
Grindstones, quarries and exchange in Aboriginal Australia: A Lake Eyre case study' in A Ramos-Millan and A Bustillo (eds), Siliceous Rocks and Culture, University of Granada, Granada, pp.587-607.
I bet that would get noses to grindstones and cut down the mucking about that disrupts so many classrooms.