put your mind to something

put (one's) mind to (something)

To give something one's complete attention, determination, and effort. You can still manage a B average if you put your mind to acing the final exam. I know we can win this game, but we all have to put our minds to it.
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put your mind to something

start to concentrate on something.
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put/set/turn your ˈmind to something

give all your effort and attention to something or to achieving something: You could be a very good writer if you put your mind to it.He can turn his mind to the detail if he has to.
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"It just shows if you put your mind to something you can make your dream come true - just like mine."
'The key thing I want Filipino kids to take away is that if you put your mind to something you could do absolutely anything you want,' said World Peace.
I really feel that if you put your mind to something, anything is possible."
She added: "Mica is a great example of what can be achieved when you put your mind to something, from walking more often, running your first 5k or even going on to great sporting achievement."
"If you really put your mind to something, you are capable of anything," Jones said upon receiving the award.
Verity Brown, community development manager at Wasps, said: "Sam's story is a truly inspirational one and just goes to show that if you put your mind to something as difficult has having to learn a new language and culture, you can do it.
"Even though we are all terrified and want to run away we just want to show that if you put your mind to something you can do it.
It's amazing what you can achieve when you put your mind to something and know the photographs will be printed on these pages for all to see!
"And I want other people to know that no matter what you've been through if you put your mind to something, you can achieve anything you want."
"The bottom line is, you put your mind to something, you can totally do it.
"But it shows when you really put your mind to something, and you are disciplined on a flat wicket, anyone can make themselves very hard to get out.
"But it shows when you really put your mind to something and you're very disciplined on a flat wicket, anyone can make themselves very hard to get out.
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