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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Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

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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McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

put (one's) nose to the grindstone

To work in earnest.
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American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright © 2016 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
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IF you are putting your nose to the grindstone to find your next perfect property, then perhaps Henwood Mill in Catherine De Barnes will fit the bill.
A beautiful garden takes years of hard work and constant attention (unless you're Prince Charles who can afford to hire his own Ground Force), DIY is a nightmare (I know, I was bathroomless for eight months when him indoors decided he was Barry Bucknell) and lasting success can only come from learning your craft and putting your nose to the grindstone. Not a bad lesson to learn, but maybe not from a Prince who's pampered and privileged.
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