To work really hard for something, making great effort to accomplish something


  • It is a 17th century phrase. The writer who introduced this idiom might have imagined a wagon which got stuck in mud or marsh. In addition to pulling wagon by horse, the driver would also try hard by putting or supporting his shoulders to the back wheels to get the wagon rolling again. Today the expression means to do toil hard to achieve something.

The poor old man puts his shoulder to the wheel to run his family.

Submitted on February 25, 2019


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pon tu hombro al volante

coloque seu ombro no volante


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