Definition of knuckle down in English:

knuckle down

phrasal verb

  • Apply oneself seriously to a task.

    • ‘I at least had the satisfaction of startling the idiot out of his numb trance before I knuckled down to the task at hand.’
    • ‘Dundee were threatening to score in the second half but we knuckled down and scrambled well in defence.’
    • ‘It was a bit of relaxation for the players and a rare chance to let off some steam and freshen up before knuckling down and preparing for Saturday.’
    • ‘Everyone knuckled down and we got the two points we needed.’
    • ‘Concluding he said that he was now looking forward ‘to knuckling down again in November’.’
    • ‘However, when there is work to be done he insists that you knuckle down and we know the time to be serious.’
    • ‘With legalities out of the way, the EU is knuckling down to the serious process of its fifth enlargement, bringing the Union to a total of 25 countries.’
    • ‘Universities are now insisting - on behalf of the culture - that the writer knuckle down to the task Poe outlined.’
    • ‘I have to give him credit for really knuckling down to his training and he cannot wait to get back into the ring.’
    • ‘More than 20 unpaid workers have been knuckling down to pave the way for another stretch of Route 45, the national cycle network.’
    be diligent, be industrious, be assiduous, show commitment, show dedication
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