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 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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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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In the situation we're in we need everybody to put their shoulder to the wheel and be able to get around.
Unless they want their party doomed to become a protest group, which is how most voters see Corbyn's leadership, senior Labour MPs are going to have to put their shoulder to the wheel again and get on with the job of holding the Government to account.
Former Hull men Tom Lineham and Joe Westerman are among those who've been persuaded to put their shoulder to the wheel at the Halliwell Jones Stadium in 2016.
Alex Salmond, David Cameron and their governments now need to properly put their shoulder to the wheel.
Well done to all who have put their shoulder to the wheel and helped to start the improvement in our local economy.
She continued: "It's a huge team effort and David Atkinson, Carl Evans and all my team put their shoulder to the wheel - I'm just a figurehead but a lot of hard work goes into it.
Among countries who put their shoulder to the wheel, the Scandinavians and the Dutch worked harder than anyone else.
Dooley (left) said: "We have players at the moment to be competitive and we are better than we are actually playing, if everybody really put their shoulder to the wheel and got involved.
AS the General Election draws near, I'd like to express gratitude - on behalf of serving and ex-serving members - to all who have put their shoulder to the wheel regarding the fight to save the Scottish regiments.
If everybody put their shoulder to the wheel Life wouldn't be hard as it may now seem All working together and sharing their skills Irrespective of creed or colour of skins.
The grinding cogs and levers of international diplomacy and petro–politics must have been working to build a coalition but the other Arab states need to put their shoulder to the wheel and be seen doing it.
Irish people patiently put their shoulder to the wheel and endured years of hardship.
She added: "I believe the people asked to help here can do so as long as they put their shoulder to the wheel and try and ensure those responsible fulfill their obligations.
Everybody put their shoulder to the wheel, got their attitude right and that's what won it for us in the end.
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