Word: elbow grease
noun: Hard work; vigorous exertion.
Originally elbow grease was a metaphor for manual labor, as in elbow grease is the best wax for polishing furniture. Now in an extended sense it can refer to any effort, physical or mental. Earliest documented use: 1672.
“It comes down a question of who is going to provide the manpower and elbow grease that any project requires.”
Bill Crist; Making the Case For An Investment For Manpower; Cameron Herald (Texas); Aug 24, 2009.
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