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 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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His vision of regional partnerships and all putting their shoulders to the wheel so we show the rest of the country what can be done was inspiring and deserves our support.
Centre Greg King and prop Tom Fidler have joined Drew Cheshire and Greg Charlton in putting their shoulders to the wheel as the club seeks to bounce immediately back following its relegation to National One.
Without putting their shoulders to the wheel, they and their grantees cannot expect to see impact--the kind of impact that turns good policy into real practice people can see and experience every day.
The threat of irrelevance is understood by leading statesmen, who have committed themselves to putting their shoulders to the wheel.
Mr Smart, a former pupil at the school, said: "I would like to thank everyone for putting their shoulders to the wheel in helping to turn the school around.
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