#IOTW: Idioms about Hard Work

Good evening, fellas! How are you? I’ve been working my fingers to the bone to finish my tasks today, to exaggerate a bit. If any of you are students, these days might be your busiest too, I guess, because the end of the school term is pretty close. Before you get the holiday you deserve at the end of this month, you have to work hard for exams first. So maybe you want to know some idioms you can use to express the hard work you’re going through. Well, here are the idioms related to hard work that we have curated for you:

  • Blood, sweat and tears: a lot of effort and suffering

Example: It must have taken the author’s blood, sweat, and tears to write this really good novel.

  • Fight tooth and nail: to use a lot of effort to oppose someone or achieve something

Example: He’s fighting tooth and nail to get his manuscript accepted by the end of this year.

  • Go the extra mile: to do more and make a greater effort than is expected of you

Example: I have achieved the monthly sale goal, but there is nothing wrong with going the extra mile to get more items sold.

  • Go into overdrive: to start working very hard

Example: As this term reach its end, the students go into overdrive and review their notes every day.

  • Keep nose to grindstone: to continue to work very hardwithout stopping

Example: She has been keeping her nose to grindstone for the SNMPTN test next week.

  • Make headway: to make progress

Example: Kevin continues to make headway to become a good animator.

  • Pull out all the stops: to do everything you can to make something successful

Example: Jan has been pulling all the stops to get accepted to a medical school and now her efforts have paid off.

  • Sink your teeth into: to start to do something with a lot of enthusiasm

Example: Software development is something she has always wanted to sink her teeth into.

  • Burn the candle at both ends: to get little sleep because you are busy

Example: With the deadline only one week away, he has to burn the candles at both ends to finish his draft.

  • Pull your socks up: to make an effort to improve your work

Example: You have to pull your socks up if you want to get an A on this subject.

Source: Cambridge Idioms Dictionary

Compiled and written by @Fafafin for @EnglishTips4U on December 1, 2016.

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