put (one's) backbone into (something)

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put (one's) backbone into (something)

To exert a strong effort toward (doing) something. 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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We simply cannot let those people who built Germany up to be what it is, who put their backbones into it all their lives, be deported," said Ulrike Mascher, the president of The Sozialverband Deutschland (VdK), a German advisory group.