elbow grease


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elbow grease

n. Informal
Strenuous physical labor and effort.

elbow grease

n
facetious vigorous physical labour, esp hard rubbing

el′bow grease`


n.
physical exertion; hard work.
[1630–40]

elbow grease

Great physical effort put into doing something.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.elbow grease - use of physical or mental energyelbow grease - use of physical or mental energy; hard work; "he got an A for effort"; "they managed only with great exertion"
toil, labor, labour - productive work (especially physical work done for wages); "his labor did not require a great deal of skill"
struggle - strenuous effort; "the struggle to get through the crowd exhausted her"
difficulty, trouble - an effort that is inconvenient; "I went to a lot of trouble"; "he won without any trouble"; "had difficulty walking"; "finished the test only with great difficulty"
least effort, least resistance - the least effortful way to do something
straining, strain - an intense or violent exertion
exercise, exercising, physical exercise, physical exertion, workout - the activity of exerting your muscles in various ways to keep fit; "the doctor recommended regular exercise"; "he did some exercising"; "the physical exertion required by his work kept him fit"
pull - a sustained effort; "it was a long pull but we made it"
diligence, application - a diligent effort; "it is a job requiring serious application"
overkill - any effort that seems to go farther than would be necessary to achieve its goal
supererogation - an effort above and beyond the call of duty
overexertion - excessive exertion; so much exertion that discomfort or injury results
detrition, friction, rubbing - effort expended in moving one object over another with pressure

elbow grease

noun
Informal. The use of energy to do something:
Translations
knofedt
huile de coude

elbow grease

n (inf)Muskelkraft f

elbow grease

n (fam) → olio di gomito
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Needs elbow grease and sprucing up, excellent opportunity for experienced operator.
BY MICHAEL SCULLY STEPHEN WARD insists some elbow grease over the summer and into the autumn can get Ireland in position for the Euro 2016 qualifiers.
With almost a quarter of potential home owners being put off by untidy property, a little elbow grease could mean the difference between selling a property or not.
THE great thing about Gardeners' World is that while it doesn't provide the elbow grease needed to get your garden in order, at least it provides the inspiration.
Blue watch manager Neil Byrne said: "We managed to climb down into the hole and, with a lot of elbow grease, we managed to force her out.
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BARBARA MATTHEWS, BY EMAIL: Although adverts make them look brilliant, I don't think they are that good, you can't beat good old-fashioned elbow grease.
Keeper Adam Walker said: "Each side, which contains more than 55,000 gallons, takes around four hours to clean and we use good old elbow grease and a brush to scrub the green algae from the sides once the water has drained.
The annual wash down took place at the cathedral's west screen using a huge cherry picker and a large portion of elbow grease.
For the industrious youngsters from the 54th Middlesbrough (Coulby Newham) Sunnyside pack were to need all the elbow grease they could muster for their shoe shine in the town's Cleveland Centre in March 1984.
Strut your stuff by using a little hydraulic fluid, MIL-PRF-5606, applied to a clean cloth and a little elbow grease to clean the struts.
I grow much of my own food, cycle, irrigate my garden with rainwater, eschew "disposable" containers, dry my laundry out of doors, mend things that break and use elbow grease not power tools.