keep one's nose to the grindstone


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keep one's nose to the grindstone

To work extremely hard.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Verb1.keep one's nose to the grindstone - work doggedly or persistently; "She keeps plugging away at her dissertation"
work - exert oneself by doing mental or physical work for a purpose or out of necessity; "I will work hard to improve my grades"; "she worked hard for better living conditions for the poor"
Translations

grind

(graind) past tense, past participle ground (graund) verb
1. to crush into powder or small pieces. This machine grinds coffee.
2. to rub together, usually producing an unpleasant noise. He grinds his teeth.
3. to rub into or against something else. He ground his heel into the earth.
noun
boring hard work. Learning vocabulary is a bit of a grind.
ˈgrinder noun
a person or machine that grinds. a coffee-grinder.
ˈgrinding adjective
1. with a sound of grinding. The train came to a grinding stop.
2. severe. grinding poverty.
ˈgrindstone noun
a wheel-shaped stone against which knives are sharpened as it turns.
grind down
to crush. She was ground down by poverty.
grind up
to grind into powder or small pieces. This machine grinds up rocks.
keep (some)one's nose to the grindstone
to (force someone to) work hard, without stopping.