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Origin of elbow grease
Words nearby elbow grease
Example sentences from the Web for elbow grease
Preheat oven to 350°F. Grease and flour 6, 1/2-cup ramekins and set aside.Make ‘The Chew’s’ Carla Hall’s Sticky Toffee Pudding|Carla Hall|December 28, 2014|DAILY BEAST
I shut my eyes yet felt aware of the garden at my elbow, the blooms opening as if in time-lapse, the stalks lengthening.
The document had no legal standing, but was offered to the public as a sharp elbow to some of the assertions made by Ryan.
What the state really needs is to figure out how to elbow its way into the tech economy.
He changed sliders three times until he found one that didn't hurt his elbow.
Jos lifted himself on his elbow, and fixing his shining eyes on Ramona, said in Spanish, "My mother asks if you are travellers?"Ramona|Helen Hunt Jackson
We must make more—much more—elbow room before the Turks get help from Asia or Constantinople.Gallipoli Diary, Volume I|Ian Hamilton
Having paused a few seconds to recover breath, he brushed his hat with his elbow, and declared himself ready.The Posthumous Papers of the Pickwick Club, v. 2(of 2)|Charles Dickens
Just try it once, and you'll see how ingenious it is—only one must be careful not to throw out the elbow in turning out the wrist.Music-Study in Germany|Amy Fay
Lettice raised herself suddenly on her elbow and looked down at him with earnestness.The Wave|Algernon Blackwood
British Dictionary definitions for elbow grease
Cultural definitions for elbow grease
Strenuous physical effort: “If you're going to get this job done, you'll need to apply a little elbow grease.”
Idioms and Phrases with elbow grease
Strenuous physical effort, as in You'll have to use some elbow grease to get the house painted in time. This term alludes to vigorous use of one's arm in cleaning, polishing, or the like. It soon was extended to any kind of hard work, and Anthony Trollope used it still more figuratively (Thackeray, 1874): “Forethought is the elbow-grease which a novelist ... requires.” [First half of 1600s]