hard yards


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hard yards

pl n
a great deal of effort or hard work, esp in playing a sport: Dallaglio's ability to make the hard yards and cross the gain line.
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The Dons players have been putting in the hard yards away from the hustle and bustle of the city under the watchful eye of manager Derek McInnes and his coaching staff.
The Parkhead men face Sarajevo in the first round in less than a fortnight and the experienced campaigner is convinced the hard yards in the Austrian hills will help the side get back to the group stages.
"He does all the hard yards and really leads from the front.
"Experience counts, but they have to do the hard yards to stay fit for 45-50 days and be at their best and playing in hot conditions.
Former Pakistan Test pacer, Mohammad Asif is currently on his comeback trail, as he continues to do the hard yards in domestic cricket.
They stopped doing the hard yards and everything else they were doing earlier on in the game.
"I have been putting in the hard yards in order to come in reckoning for World Cup," he said.
He'll have his hands full to nullify Pogba's huge presence, but will put in the hard yards to try and shut the French World Cup winner down.
They have the chance to put their feet up for a short period - with commitments over the summer with the World Cup it's been a long slog for some - but then they need to get back to Finch Farm and put in the hard yards to get the buzz back.
The 'hard yards' of getting bums on seats at the Ricoh Arena has begun according to Wasps chief executive office Nick Eastwood.
"And for this, because it was a short week for us, we need the energy from the stands again so the players can make the hard yards - and there will be a lot of hard yards."