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put (or set) one's hand to the plow

Definition of put or set one's hand to the plow in English:

Embark on a task.
[With biblical allusion to Luke 9:62]
Example sentences
  • There is no room for nostalgia, no looking back once we have put our hand to the plough.
  • The farmer put his hand to the plough to find brides for lonely country men.
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