Definition of elbow grease in English:

elbow grease

noun

informal
  • [mass noun] Hard physical work, especially vigorous polishing or cleaning:

    ‘nothing would shift it however much elbow grease we used’
    • ‘This is where glamour is mixed with sweat and elbow grease, life lessons paired with blood.’
    • ‘With some hard work and elbow grease, the building was cleaned, painted, and filled with many shelves of books.’
    • ‘Inadvertently her success could lead some to assume that all one needs to make it out of the ghetto is determination, elbow grease and a perfect posterior.’
    • ‘With lots of elbow grease and energy, she got the shop area renovated into a workable space and tried to keep the renovations true to the history of the building.’
    • ‘You can buy all the fancy products you like, but you can never beat vinegar, newspaper and a bit of elbow grease.’
    • ‘Plenty of time, effort and elbow grease shall be committed to this task.’
    • ‘Then, as if passing through some kind of barrier, there's nothing quite so important as the lavish application of elbow grease until my small kingdom is bright and sparkly again.’
    • ‘We will be using a high-pressure hose reel and lots of elbow grease.’
    • ‘As an alternative some elbow grease was applied to the kitchen leaving it sparkly and clean!’
    • ‘But hours of hard work and elbow grease transformed the shack into a bright, clean and well-stocked shop.’
    hard work, work, labour, toil, exertion, effort, slog, drudgery
    Industry
    grind, sweat, donkey work, spadework
    graft, fag
    yakka
    travail, moil
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Pronunciation:

elbow grease

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