put one's back into it

Make a strenuous effort, as in If you put your back into that report, you'll soon be done. This idiom alludes to physical labor involving the strength of one's back. It was first recorded in 1882.


Nearby words

  1. put one in mind of,
  2. put one into the picture,
  3. put one off,
  4. put one off one's stride,
  5. put one out,
  6. put one's back up,
  7. put one's best foot forward,
  8. put one's cards on the table,
  9. put one's face on,
  10. put one's feet up

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