Idiom of the Week: Put Your Nose to the Grindstone

grindstone

Meaning: To work very hard

Examples:

School has started – time to put your nose to the grindstone!

I really have to put my nose to the grindstone if I want to get into a good college.

Her boss told her that if she puts her nose to the grindstone, she could get a promotion next year.

 

Pop Quiz:

You might put your nose to the grindstone if…

A.  you’re on vacation.

B.  your boss gives you an important project to work on.

C.  it’s your last day of work.

To see the correct answer, click on “Continue reading”:

The correct answer is B. If your boss gives you something important to work on, of course you’re going to work hard and do a good job – in other words, you’re going to put your nose to the grindstone. Now put your nose to the grindstone! 

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3 thoughts on “Idiom of the Week: Put Your Nose to the Grindstone

  1. Annie says:

    Very like!!!

  2. War Aung says:

    my classics class put my nose to the grindstone in reading.
    Is that correct? 😛

  3. Better to say, I have a lot of reading to do for my classics class, I have to put my nose to the grindstone.

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