Idiom:  keep your nose to the grindstone

Meaning 

Idiom:  keep your nose to the grindstone

  • to work very hard without taking a break or being distracted

Example sentences

  • I promise I’ll spend more time with you after tax season is over but for now I’ve got to keep my nose to the grindstone.
  • This is the first semester that I didn't have to keep my nose to the grindstone since I only had term papers and no exams.
  • My wife keeps her nose to the grindstone a few times a year when she's particularly inspired to write.
  • I kept my nose to the grindstone for so many years that I missed many of my children's important events.
  • To succeed in law school the first year, you really need to keep your nose to the grindstone.
  • My boss appreciates little, even when I keep my nose to the grindstone for months and months without a break.
  • We all received a huge bonus for keeping our noses to the grindstone and exceeding our sales quota.
  • My doctor says my blood pressure is really high and that if I keep my nose to the grindstone any longer I'll be risking a heart attack.
  • We just need to keep our noses to the grindstone for two more weeks and then it will be summer break.


Synonyms

  • like crazy
  • by the sweat of your brow


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