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
References in classic literature ?
We apply ourselves to find out, Mr Lightwood, and we find that your friend, this Mr Eugene Wrayburn, here, pays.
But we apply ourselves to the history of its production.
I think we can get a result down there, but it's how we apply ourselves and if we do things in the correct way."
"If we can continue to apply ourselves and keep listening to the management team and the way they want us to play then we should have a really good chance.
"But it's about us and how well we play ourselves, and if we apply ourselves right, then we've got every chance.
It's been disappointing in that there are many things we can get better at, but if we can apply ourselves to the right things we should be there or thereabouts.
"I think the wicket was good, but we didn't apply ourselves with the bat.
"We've got a different sort of experience and we've got to make sure we apply ourselves in the right way."
"We know how to defend - we just didn't apply ourselves.
But if we apply ourselves and work hard you never know - it's a cup tie."
"Whilst the Puesto Flores field has performed substantially better than expected and Puesto Guardian is making good money, we believe we can achieve more in all our areas of interest and we are continuing to apply ourselves in that regard."
"There is need for us Governors to apply ourselves as instruments of peace in the country in light of the prevailing political circumstances.
Tom Smith did spin it quite nicely, he varied his pace quite well but we have just got to apply ourselves tomorrow, go big and then look to bowl them out.
"We did not apply ourselves in the top order and to get almost 200 from the position we were in was a good effort.
But we must apply ourselves in the remaining five games in the same way as we did in the first five games."