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elbow grease

noun [U] uk   us   informal
Translations of “elbow grease”
in Korean 피땀 흘리는 노동…
in Arabic كَدح…
in Portuguese trabalho árduo, graxa de cotovelo…
in Catalan esforç intens, suada…
in Japanese 力仕事…
in Italian olio di gomito…
in Chinese (Traditional) (體力上的)重活, 費勁,苦幹…
in Chinese (Simplified) (体力上的)重活, 费劲,苦干…
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