keep your nose to the grindstone

keep (one's) nose to the grindstone

To work hard and/or diligently on something. I'm so impressed by your grades, honey—you really kept your nose to the grindstone this year, and it paid off! I've got to keep my nose to the grindstone if I'm going to get this promotion.
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keep your nose to the grindstone

If you keep your nose to the grindstone, you continue to work very hard and do not spend time on other things. I know if I keep my nose to the grindstone and work hard, things will work out. There is more to life than keeping your nose to the grindstone and saving for a rainy day. Note: You can also say that you put your nose to the grindstone, meaning that you start to work hard. If she focuses and puts her nose to the grindstone, I think she'll do extremely well. Note: A grindstone is a stone disc that moves around and is used to sharpen metal tools. The reference here is to a person bending over the grindstone while they are working, so that their nose is close to it.
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keep your nose to the grindstone

work hard and continuously.
A grindstone was a thick revolving disc of stone on which knives and tools were sharpened. Appearing in various forms since the mid 16th century, this idiom originally referred to getting mastery over someone else by forcing them to work without a break.
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keep your ˌnose to the ˈgrindstone

(informal) continue to work very hard: Keep your nose to the grindstone and you should pass the exam easily. OPPOSITE: put your feet up
A grindstone is a machine used for grinding, sharpening and polishing knives and tools.
See also: grindstone, keep, nose
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They made it into the middle class because at that time, hard work was all that was required: keep your nose to the grindstone and you can afford a house, education for your children, even vacations.
You will find yourself getting stuck into a mammoth task that will keep your nose to the grindstone with hardly a break.
Of course, if you'd rather keep your nose to the grindstone, you can take one of several workshops that afternoon.
As for whether the Cardiff-based boss can ever knock Charles Dunstone off the top spot, Mr Beresford said: "My advice to Henry is keep your nose to the grindstone.
There can be a lot of opportunities for playful and entertaining pursuits Archer but another part of your situation is demanding that you keep your nose to the grindstone.
Much can be achieved today, especially in your career if you keep your nose to the grindstone and avoid silly and needless confrontations.
Mercury, your ruling planet, has a big influence on you, getting you to keep your nose to the grindstone at work.
You keep your nose to the grindstone and hope for the best," she said, "and it always helps to ride a winner at one of the big tracks like Haydock.
When you're making juice, sauce or other products from non-citrus fruit, you have to keep your nose to the grindstone for the daily chopping, squeezing, mashing or other form of size reduction.
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Once you take up this offer, keep your nose to the grindstone.