apply oneself


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apply oneself

To try hard or concentrate one's abilities (toward something). Without the preposition "to," it refers to a concentrated effort in general. I know you think you won't be able to understand this level of math, but you just need to apply yourself, and you'll find success. If we apply ourselves to the problem, we'll find a solution eventually.
See also: apply
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Some even tried to get away with, "Last night I dreamt I went to Manderley again", which was the opening move on how seriously one was going to apply oneself in the months ahead.