Definition of knuckle down in English:

knuckle down

phrasal verb

  • Apply oneself seriously to a task.

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