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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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8 Vermeulen has been at the front of the queue when it comes to making the hard yards for franchise and country with his ball-carrying prowess.
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.
HUNTER'S VERDICT Sunderland put in the hard yards to guarantee safety at Arsenal in midweek, so the pressure is off at Stamford Bridge.
Pistorious was also made to walk the hard yards, under the composed presence of the learned judge.
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.
We know you have to do the hard yards and these players enjoy doing the hard yards.
All winter the England attack has put in the hard yards only to see the batsmen get bowled out cheaply, and there's a sense that Swann and Co will see this as a great chance for the batters to finally step up and do their job.
With wind and rain being a persistent feature of the second half both sides relied on their forwards for the most part to pound out the hard yards.
We've really put the hard yards in setting this up," says Cowie, who was a corporate manager with an airline and brings significant experience in management.
And he was also keen to praise his fellow team-mates, especially the forwards, whose hard yards laid the platform for the Crusaders' victory.
Like most, I've worked long hours of overtime, doing the hard yards, with little recognition.
But affable Scarlets wing Jones continued putting in the hard yards and, after watching Wales' Millennium Stadium appointments with South Africa and New Zealand, he will be back at the sharp end against Australia tomorrow.
Now in the autumn of his golfing life, he is still willing to put in the graft and hard yards to further and extend his career.
Bruce admitted it was over to Agbonlahor to put in the hard yards now and that he would assess him in time.