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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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If the openers had stayed and done the finishing after the hard yards. Why not stay till the end and get the runs under your belt (from the openers)?
Everton didn't put in the hard yards or the dirty work required to grind out a result.
Injury to Billy Vunipola and Nathan Hughes has created a vacancy for a destructive ball-carrier to eat up the hard yards in Rome.
McCormack still has a little way to go before he is as physically fit as Bruce would like, but he has been putting in the hard yards in the last two weeks.
KILMARNOCK'S former Boro winger Jordan Jones is hoping the hard yards reap more rewards.
I've been putting the hard yards back in and it's paying off for me."
And the 23-year-old vowed to put in the hard yards if selected for Pakistan.
The Red Rose were bullied by France up front in Paris two weeks ago and were also below-par against their RBS Six Nations rivals seven days earlier, criticised for attempting too many passes out of the tackle instead of making hard yards.
United need to get more out of their existing players -- and that probably means hard yards on the training ground, where existing methods didn't seem to be working.
HUNTER'S VERDICT Sunderland put in the hard yards to guarantee safety at Arsenal in midweek, so the pressure is off at Stamford Bridge.
But we are very lucky at Warwickshire that we have some great players and even luckier that we have a group of players who are prepared to put in the hard yards."
Clarke said his incumbent pacers had put in the hard yards at Port Elizabeth, and reiterated his preference for a seam-bowling all-rounder in the team.
Well, sonny, for you a place on the bench is on the cards - you've got to do the hard yards before you earn the right to call me Pards."