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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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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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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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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put (one's) shoulder to the wheel

To apply oneself vigorously; make a concentrated effort.
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Her second son would have been provided for at Chesney Wold and would have been made steward in due season, but he took, when he was a schoolboy, to constructing steam-engines out of saucepans and setting birds to draw their own water with the least possible amount of labour, so assisting them with artful contrivance of hydraulic pressure that a thirsty canary had only, in a literal sense, to put his shoulder to the wheel and the job was done.
Tom said nothing, but drew toward him a paper of figures which his father had drawn up, and speedily reduced himself to the verge of distraction by trying to understand them, in his ardent desire to prove his willingness to put his shoulder to the wheel.
Wasps flanker James Haskell has put his shoulder to the wheel in support of the Aviva Premiership's Rainbow Laces weekend.
The 24-year-old prop forward has only been in the country a week but will be expected to put his shoulder to the wheel as the Vikings look to arrest an eightgame losing run in Super League.
You can't blame any man if he wants to head off and enjoy himself for a year and no one in Cavan can turn around and say Killian Clarke didn't put his shoulder to the wheel when he was here," he added.
With that short sentence and a handful of newspaper clippings outlining business woes, Enrique Ramirez Miguel, the patriarch of a Mexican family of cinema entrepreneurs, convinced his grandson to leave his job at the United Nations in the mid-1990s to return to his country and put his shoulder to the wheel of the family business.
Put his shoulder to the wheel, tracked back, flick for the second goal was magnificent, assist for the third superb - why not every week?
WORK boys, work and be contented So long as you've enough to buy a meal The man, you may reply, will be wealthy by and by If he'll only put his shoulder to the wheel.
The governor has put his shoulder to the wheel and is pushing to get this problem solved.
And hundreds would host Guy in their districts -- because if there was a seat to be won, our tireless NRCC chairman was always willing to go out and put his shoulder to the wheel.
After surgery and a lengthy rehabilitation period, he is finally ready to put his shoulder to the wheel in Saints' cause.
Now he's put his shoulder to the wheel to prove he's ready to come back in the game that's got the Highlands buzzing.
PLAYED extremely deep as he put his shoulder to the wheel for the cause.
We get on very well, he's not a yes man and he'll put his shoulder to the wheel.
DENIS Leamy will put his shoulder to the wheel for Ireland - despite an ongoing injury that has caused concern ahead of the World Cup.
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