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knuckle down

To begin to work on something in a determined matter. If you want to get a passing grade this semester, you'll really need to knuckle down and study hard.
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knuckle down (to something)

Fig. to get busy doing something. I want you to knuckle down to your work and stop worrying about the past. Come on. Knuckle down. Get busy.
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knuckle down

1. Apply oneself seriously to some task or goal, as in The professor insisted that we knuckle down and get our papers in by Friday. Both this term and the rhyming synonym buckle down date from the 1860s, but the precise allusion in either is unclear.
2. See knuckle under.
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knuckle down

v.
To apply oneself earnestly to a task: We've been relaxing too long—it's time for us to knuckle down and finish this work.
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knuckle down

verb
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knuckle down

Apply yourself to the job at hand. The phrase comes from the game of marbles, one of the once-popular children's street games. Players shot their “shooter” marble by clenching the marble in a fist with knuckles touching the ground, then launching it with a flick of the thumb. When it was a player's turn and his attention was elsewhere, he was reminded, “Okay, knuckle down.” A similar phrase, “buckle down” most likely came from the idea of tightening your belt before performing an arduous task.
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QUEEN OF POLAND supplied trainer David Loder with his third success in the last seven years of the Listed Star Stakes as she knuckled down well to score under Tom Queally at Sandown Park yesterday.
interval that White knuckled down to the job in hand and made more of his opportunities.
Ironically, Bolton are perhaps the lesser of all the clubs he has been at and yet Anelka has really knuckled down and played his heart out for the club.
Di Arbuthnot, wife of the trainer, was pleased at how well he knuckled down to the task, adding: "He is so idle at home that we brought him here two weeks ago in an attempt to wake him up.
But he didn't want to and he's knuckled down," said McCarthy.
He was exhausted, he knew he would get hammered but he knuckled down, took the backlash like a man and has played brilliantly for Blackburn this season.
Sean has knuckled down and worked harder over the last few weeks than he has done for a long time," said McCarthy.
Brewster said: "Garry seems to have knuckled down and I hear he's looking after himself.
Gregory said: "Alan has knuckled down and hard work is a prerequisite to get into this team.
We realised how seriously the other teams were taking it and we've knuckled down.
I know he's got a lot on his mind, but he has knuckled down since he has been back.