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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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Wolves' players have been doing the hard yards after reporting back earlier to prepare for their Europa League campaign.
DOING THE HARD YARDS Amir Khan was training at his Bolton gym yesterday as he prepares for his clash with Goyat which he hopes will lead to a fight with legend Pacquiao (left)
They stopped doing the hard yards and everything else they were doing earlier on in the game.
He added: "It's about doing the hard yards and getting into positions to defend properly out of possession.
"It was nice to get out in the middle after training away for the best part of a week and doing the hard yards, " said 31-year-old Finch.
He has done things the hard way and earned his spurs, starting out as a performance analyst at Palace, doing the hard yards at non-league club Barnet, experiencing the madcap reign of Kuwaiti businessman Fawaz Al-Hasawi at Nottingham Forest before Dougie Freedman, his old mate from his first time at Palace, gave him a call late last year and lined him up for the player recruitment role at Crystal Palace.
Lewis Moore was providing the energy on the left after a season doing the hard yards in Cowdenbeath's relegation battle and the rest kept it compact enough to make the play through the middle a threading-the-eye-of-a-needle job.
The fitness levels of Town's senior players has been noted, and Carss says the youngsters have also been doing the hard yards.
We went in at tea and the conversation was all about doing the hard yards and eventually it will pay you back.
We went in at tea and the conversation was all about doing the hard yards and then eventually it will pay you back.
Farrell, however, insists they are only able to continue shining if the pack provides the platform by doing the hard yards.
They were quickest to the breakdown with Sam Warburton, Justin Tipuric and Toby Faletau doing the hard yards, sniping at the English, consistently crossing the gain line and setting up Welsh opportunities.
The proponents of Australia's massive liquefied natural gas boom are doing the hard yards. Seven enormous projects worth more than $172 billion combined are under construction all at once.
He's not like Ferguson in style, he is more a fetcher and carrier, who scurries about doing the hard yards. Although, that said, he can clip an incisive pass and advance into threatening areas up the pitch, when the mood is right.