knuckle down

Meaning(s)

1. begin to work hard at something

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knuckle down to work/study

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'Knuckle down' means to take a task seriously and to work hard at it. This idiom is usually applied to studying and work. "I need to knuckle down if I want to be prepared for my exam on Friday." "I haven't been very productive at work recently but my boss has made it clear that I need to knuckle down." Similar in meaning to ' buckle down' ' pull your socks up' and 'put your head down'.

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  1. My boss warned me that my work on the project has been too slow lately. He wants me to knuckle down and get it finished.
  2. Your exams start in a week. Isn't it about time you stopped messing around and knuckled down to some work?

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  1. We have a big opportunity on Thursday to present our ideas, so we have to knuckle down and prepare well.
  2. If I knuckle down for the day I can have the report with you by the close of business.

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