elbow grease Meaning in the Cambridge English Dictionary
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elbow greasenoun [U]

uk   us   informal
a lot of ​physicaleffort: The ​polishneeds a ​certainamount of ​elbowgrease to ​apply.
(Definition of elbow grease from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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elbow greasenoun [U]

a lot of ​effort that you put into doing something
(Definition of elbow grease from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
Translations of “elbow grease”
in Arabic كَدح…
in Korean 피땀 흘리는 노동…
in Portuguese trabalho árduo, graxa de cotovelo…
in Catalan esforç intens, suada…
in Japanese 力仕事…
in Chinese (Simplified) (体力上的)重活, 费劲,苦干…
in Chinese (Traditional) (體力上的)重活, 費勁,苦幹…
in Italian olio di gomito…
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