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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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It shows the faith Gerard Houllier has put in him, but also how the player himself has knuckled down to prove he has what it takes in Premiership football.
Gregory has appreciated the way Ginola has knuckled down in training and in the Intertoto Cup.
interval that White knuckled down to the job in hand and made more of his opportunities.
We gave him a difficult car in 2001, and he found it hard, but we stuck by him and it was very pleasing for us to see what he did last winter when he knuckled down and tested well.''
"Sean has knuckled down and worked harder over the last few weeks than he has done for a long time," said McCarthy.
The Petong gelding was being pushed along by Chris Catlin over three furlongs out, but knuckled down well inside the final furlong to gain a three-quarter-length success from his old rival D'Accord.
Since being tutored by Terry Griffiths, one of the most methodical players in the game's history, Hendry has knuckled down and this rediscovered ability stood him in good stead against Chester's Nick Walker.
Brewster said: "Garry seems to have knuckled down and I hear he's looking after himself.
However, she knuckled down to her task in fine style after that, getting up in the last furlong to win by a length and a quarter from Tara Time.
Gregory said: "Alan has knuckled down and hard work is a prerequisite to get into this team.
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.