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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Forwards often get the plaudits but it is everyone working for the team and everyone putting their shoulder to the wheel.
It's a pity, because defensively they're definitely putting their shoulder to the wheel.
Whilst we have had some elements of such a strategy in recent years, most importantly, it has not been joined up across Government with all departments putting their shoulder to the wheel.
An intelligent reading of what Graham Donaldson is saying will make it clear to all that without the commitment, without the profession putting their shoulder to the wheel, this is undeliverable.
That was achieved through the minimum wage, working family tax credits and a long list of dull policies delivered inch by inch by boring politicians, health and social workers, teachers and parents putting their shoulder to the wheel of change.
A lot was made in the media of us being a one-man team so it was nice to see so many boys putting their shoulder to the wheel to get their county over the line.
Everyone is putting their shoulder to the wheel and we are very grateful for that.
Everyone is putting their shoulder to the wheel and everyone is working hard on and off the field.
But the TaxPayer's Alliance said: "We would have expected MPs to be putting their shoulder to the wheel.
This is the best that I have seen the panel train, in terms of everyone putting their shoulder to the wheel, since I became involved," he declared.
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