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elbow grease

From Longman Dictionary of Contemporary Englishelbow greaseelbow greaseinformalWORK HARD hard work and effort, especially when cleaning or polishing something elbow
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elbow greasePioneering vision is required, and elbow grease!Cleaning Thanks to the availability of steam, cleaning is now a simple task, taking very little effort and no elbow grease.Hopefully, this knowledge will save many householders a great deal of elbow grease!It certainly saved a lot of elbow grease.I give the pink botty a thorough good scrub, putting in plenty of elbow grease.You'll need to use some elbow grease to get that floor clean.
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