knuckle down


knuckle down
verb
work very hard, like a slave
Syn: ↑slave, ↑break one's back, ↑buckle down
Derivationally related forms: ↑slave (for: ↑slave), ↑slavery (for: ↑slave)
Hypernyms: ↑work, ↑do work
Verb Frames:
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intransitive verb
1. : to place the knuckles on the ground preparatory to shooting a marble

knuckled down and shot for the center hole

2. : to apply oneself with seriousness or concentration : apply oneself earnestly

let's have no more nonsense and knuckle down to business

3. : to knuckle under

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ˌknuckle ˈdown [intransitive] [present tense I/you/we/they knuckle down he/she/it knuckles down present participle knuckling down past tense knuckled down past participle knuckled down] informal phrasal verb
to start working hard, especially when you should have done this earlier

It’s time you knuckled down to some work.

Thesaurus: to work hardsynonym
Main entry: knuckle

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1) apply oneself seriously to a task

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knuckle down [phrasal verb]
informal : to begin to work hard

It's time to knuckle down and get to work.

— often + to

She knuckled down to the task.

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Main Entry:knuckle

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