have (one's) shoulder to the wheel

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have (one's) shoulder to the wheel

To make a sustained, concentrated, and vigorous effort; to work very hard and diligently. After nearly being expelled my first year of college, I had my shoulder to the wheel so that I could get as much out of my degree as possible. I know that the new deadline is tight, but if everyone has their shoulders to the wheel, I know we can get it done in time!
See also: have, shoulder, wheel
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have one's shoulder to the wheel

 and keep one's shoulder to the wheel; pit one's shoulder to the wheel
Fig. to do the hard work that needs to be done; to focus on getting a job done. You won't accomplish anything unless you put your shoulder to the wheel. I put my shoulder to the wheel and finished the job quickly.
See also: have, shoulder, wheel
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
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