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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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But with Rahul Dravid (93) and Sachin Tendulkar doing the hard yards in the first innings, and VVS Laxman (79) leading the way in the second, India capitalized on a brilliant bowling performance to win by 72 runs.
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 then eventually it will pay you back.
Lee Fowler is quietly conducting, keeping things nice and tidy in midfield with Simon Heslop doing the hard yards in front of a defence that looks much more mean and organised.
Clive is 60 and still doing the hard yards in the front-row, whilst scrum half Graham - who turned 63 last July - even has the bus pass to prove it
McCallum's been doing the hard yards in the gym with Prestonpans trainers Tommy Quinn, Jack Graham and Brian Fernie to get into prime shape.
Farrell, however, insists they are only able to continue shining if the pack provides the platform by doing the hard yards.
We recognise the impact the loss of a regular service has had on exporters and we ve been doing the hard yards to deliver a sustainable outcome, including securing $20 million to provide short-term support for industry.
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.
He's not like Ferguson in style, he is more a fetcher and carrier, who scurries about doing the hard yards.
Ideally that's where more fruitful things come for me, doing the hard yards in Sri Lanka and I suppose the rewards can come when I'm on wickets which may suit my type of bowling a little bit more," the Sydney Morning Herald quoted Copeland, as saying.
Reflecting on a hard-fought victory, Laulala said: "We knew Connacht were going to be very tough up front and it was just a matter of the forwards doing the hard yards.