put (one's) backbone into (something)

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put (one's) backbone into (something)

To put a lot of effort into doing something as quickly or effectively as possible. Come on, we need to get this car off the road. Put your backbone into it and push! It's clear that the legislators have put their backbones into crafting a bill that will find support across party lines, as well in the general population.
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5-inch blades can chop with the gusto needed for shelter building simply because the blade steel isn't thick enough to give the knife the weight it needs to put backbone into the process.
They sit there relatively quietly, soaking up the unique atmosphere, happy in the company of people who help put backbone into Britain.
Mr Cook's prediction of victory in sight is also seen as an attempt to put backbone into wavering Nato nations.
He has instituted imaginative training sessions, nurtured a feel-good factor for the first time in years and put backbone into Welsh tackling.
And it's like the strong friend who can put backbone into you when things get tough.