Elbow Grease

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Hard work; vigorous physical effort

Etymology:

  • This idiom is originated back in the late 17th century. In Britain, people used this idiom for a laugh to refer to the sweat worked up through continuous hard work with arms such as scraping, polishing, and rubbing. 
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Mary put a lot of elbow grease into cleaning the house.

Submitted on February 25, 2019

Additional definitions for 'Elbow Grease':

elbow greaseEffort or hard work, especially physical work involving repeated motion of the forearm, such as scrubbing.
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