to put your nose to the grindstone

Idiom Definition

Idiom Definition - put your nose to the grinstone

"to put your nose to the grindstone"

to begin to work very hard and continuously


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Idiom Scenario 1

Idiom Definition - put your nose to the grinstone

Two colleagues are talking ...

Colleague 1:  Would you look at this mountain of paperwork. How am I ever going to get all this work done?

Colleague 2:  If you put your nose to the grindstone and work hard and long, you will eventually finish.

Colleague 1:  Yes, I had better get to it.

Idiom Scenario 2

Idiom Definition - put your nose to the grinstone

Two ranchers are talking ...

Rancher 1:  I need to string three kilometers of barbed-wire before the new cattle arrive on Friday.

Rancher 2:  That's a lot of work in a short time.

Rancher 1:  I figure if I work sixteen hours a day, I can get it done.

Rancher 2:  You had better put your nose to the grindstone then.

to put your nose to the grindstone - Usage:


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to put your nose to the grindstone - Gerund Form:

Putting your nose to the grindstone starts the lengthy process of getting the job done.

to put your nose to the grindstone - Examples:

1)  ... the good old-fashioned notion of rolling up your sleeves and putting your nose to the grindstone.

2)  It means putting your nose to the grindstone and working every day on making it a more effective business.

3)  Democratic party because its easier to get handouts instead of putting your nose to the grindstone, America will collapse.

4)  Being pig-headed about where the answer should be is truly putting your nose to the grindstone. It will hurt sooner or later.

5)  ... or frustration that someone seems better than you, just put your nose to the grindstone and work twice as hard. With enough focus and determination, you'll surpass ...

6)  The obvious answer is to put your nose to the grindstone and get in the library from day one.

7)  You just kind of put your nose to the grindstone and all of a sudden you wake up and it worked.

8)  ... are outside of your control but you just have to put your nose to the grindstone and keep on working.

9)  I do not own a home, I will continue putting my nose to the grindstone so to speak and continue paying off that credit card.

10)  I am all for putting my nose to the grindstone to get through school and in fact, I enjoy it most of the time ...

11)  ... top of the heap in some new endeavor simply by putting my nose to the grindstone.

12)  ... will make me feel useful. I'm going to put my nose to the grindstone for a few days.

13)  We have to put our nose to the grindstone and slog through bad low-income jobs to get where we want to be.

14)  ... teams up with hard working Saturn, encouraging us to put our nose to the grindstone. Focused efforts are sure to pay off in a big way!

15)  It's going to happen by us putting our nose to the grindstone and really, really leaning into it, and right now I've committed and ...

16)  An artist can learn algebra if they really put their nose to the grindstone.

17)  My dad has always preached to me, “put your nose to the grindstone, go above and beyond and it'll never go unrecognized.”

18)  We've just got to put our nose to the grindstone and get it done.

19)  If this is something that you wanna do, you gotta work hard, put your nose to the grindstone and just do it.

20)  The younger girls will have to put their nose to the grindstone a little bit and work and get better.