Share this entry

Share this page

elbow grease

Syllabification: el·bow grease

Definition of elbow grease in English:

noun

informal
Hard physical work, especially vigorous polishing or cleaning: you should be able to get the rust off with a wire brush and elbow grease
More example sentences
  • But hours of hard work and elbow grease transformed the shack into a bright, clean and well-stocked shop.
  • With some hard work and elbow grease, the building was cleaned, painted, and filled with many shelves of books.
  • Then, as if passing through some kind of barrier, there's nothing quite so important as the lavish application of elbow grease until my small kingdom is bright and sparkly again.

Definition of elbow grease in:

Share this entry

Share this page

 

What do you find interesting about this word or phrase?

Comments that don't adhere to our Community Guidelines may be moderated or removed.

Get more from Oxford Dictionaries

Subscribe to remove adverts and access premium resources

Word of the day cumbersome
Pronunciation: ˈkʌmbəs(ə)m
adjective
large or heavy and therefore difficult to carry…