put (one's) nose to the grindstone

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put (one's) nose to the grindstone

To work hard and diligently (on something); to put in a lot of time and effort (doing something). I'm so impressed by your grades, honey—you really put your nose to the grindstone this year, and it paid off! I've got to put my nose to the grindstone if I'm going to get this promotion.
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put one's nose to the grindstone

Fig. to keep busy doing one's work. (Also with have and get, as in the examples.) The boss told me to put my nose to the grindstone. I've had my nose to the grindstone ever since I started working here. If the other people in this office would get their noses to the grindstone, more work would get done.
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put (one's) nose to the grindstone

To work in earnest.
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Put your nose to the grindstone and your shoulder to the wheel this April and see how far and how fast you can advance.
You're going to have to work harder than usual over the coming days, but if you can put your nose to the grindstone and prove yourself then you'll stand a better chance of making that crossover you've been talking about.
If you put your nose to the grindstone, you can do it."
The message is clear, you put your nose to the grindstone and get your brain into gear and get down to business.
"Then you have to close your door and put your nose to the grindstone. And The Forum lets you know it's OK to do that."
Put your nose to the grindstone and carefully craft your corporate ascent.
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