One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Embark on a task.‘she needed a rest, but she had set her hand to the plough’
make a start, begin, make a beginning, take the first step, lay the first stone, make the first move, get going, go ahead, set things moving, take something forward, buckle down, buckle to, turn to, put one's shoulder to the wheel, put one's hand to the plough, get the ball rolling, set the ball rolling, start the ball rollingView synonyms
- ‘There is no room for nostalgia, no looking back once we have put our hand to the plough.’
- ‘The farmer put his hand to the plough to find brides for lonely country men.’
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