use some elbow grease

use some elbow grease

Fig. use some effort, as in scrubbing something. (As if lubricating one's elbow would make one more efficient. Note the variations in the examples.) Come on, Bill. You can do it. Just use some elbow grease. I tried elbow grease, but it doesn't help get the job done.
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Before we start passing more ordinances we can't enforce, perhaps they should use some elbow grease and track down illegal gun sales under existing laws.