elbow-grease

elbow grease

Vigorous scrubbing, typically to clean something. You'll never get that rust off without some elbow grease.
See also: elbow, grease

elbow-grease

n. effort. All this job needs is a little more elbow-grease.
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"Harvard is a company based on the old principle that in order to do a good job, one needs to put in a little elbow-grease," said DiGiovanni.