noun[mass noun] informal
Hard physical work, especially vigorous polishing or cleaning: nothing would shift it however much elbow grease we used
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.