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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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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.
See also: grindstone, keep, nose

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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Australian typologists have largely ignored the systematics of grindstones.
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.
in press), suggesting that there is potential to distinguish the two techniques by analysing the micro-wear on grindstones.
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).
Given that seeds were a seasonal staple in this part of the Western Desert (Gould 1977:23), a corollary of this description of tjiwa is that even such basic grindstones can be used to process these resources.
We might hypothesise a developmental shift from generalised tjiwa-Uke grindstones to more specialised implements for grinding larger quantities of grain sometime at the beginning of the late Holocene (Smith 1986).
Seeds are certainly prepared on tjiwa, but because these grindstones are also routinely used for processing a range of other materials, archaeological tjiwa cannot simply be assumed to be unequivocal evidence for seed processing.
This was Palthirri-pirdi on Anna Creek Station in Arabana Country (Hercus 2005; McBryde 1987), which was part of a node connecting the north-south networks with those distributing grindstones to the west and into the Simpson Desert.
Grindstones from these quarries have been identified in museum collections from Boulia, a thousand kilometres to the north (McBryde 1997:594).
This difference is documented both in the distribution of surface finds and in petrological analyses of museum collections of grindstones sourced to known quarries.
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.
This demand was met in some areas by large grindstone quarries that supplied millstones for local needs, as well as long-distance exchange networks (McBryde 1987, 1997:594; Mulvaney 1976; our terminology follows the grindstone typology set out in Smith 1985, 1986).
Despite their importance for desert prehistory, there are few published plans of this type of site, and little quantitative data on the scale of grindstone production (although see McBryde 1997 and Mulvaney and Gunn 1995 for exceptions).