put (one's) shoulder to the wheel


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put (one's) shoulder to the wheel

To make a sustained, concentrated, and vigorous effort; to work very hard and diligently. After I was nearly expelled in my first year of college, I decided to stop fooling around, put my shoulder to the wheel, and get as much out of my degree as I could. I know that the new deadline is tight, but if everyone puts their shoulders to the wheel, I know we can get it done in time!
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Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

put one's shoulder to the wheel

Work hard, make a strenuous effort, as in We'll have to put our shoulder to the wheel to get this job done. This metaphoric term, alluding to pushing a heavy vehicle that has bogged down, has been used figuratively since the late 1700s.
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The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer. Copyright © 2003, 1997 by The Christine Ammer 1992 Trust. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

put your shoulder to the wheel

If you put your shoulder to the wheel, you put a great deal of effort into a difficult task. He vowed to put his shoulder to the wheel to drive the peace process forward. Everyone just put their shoulder to the wheel and got on with it. Note: In the days when people travelled in carriages or carts on roads that often got very muddy, people would help free vehicles that were stuck by leaning against a wheel and pushing.
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Collins COBUILD Idioms Dictionary, 3rd ed. © HarperCollins Publishers 2012

put your shoulder to the wheel

set to work vigorously.
The image here is of pushing with your shoulder against the wheel of a cart or other vehicle that has become stuck.
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Farlex Partner Idioms Dictionary © Farlex 2017

put your shoulder to the ˈwheel

start working very hard at a particular task: We’re really going to have to put our shoulders to the wheel if we want to get this ready on time. OPPOSITE: take it/things easy
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Farlex Partner Idioms Dictionary © Farlex 2017

put (one's) shoulder to the wheel

To apply oneself vigorously; make a concentrated effort.
See also: put, shoulder, wheel
American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright © 2016 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
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