put your back into it


1. do something with a lot of effort






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stop messing around! Put your back into it!

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The expression put your back into it implies making a maximum effort to do or achieve something as quickly and effectively as possible. It is used to express an urgent need to get something done, to refer to doing something, especially physical work, with a lot of effort, or to encourage somebody else to do so. This expression can be used informally in both a social and professional context, and shares a similar meaning to the phrases 'go all-out,' 'give it everything,' and 'a bit of elbow grease.'

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  1. Shane could have that field mowed in an hour if he puts his back into it!
  2. Stop complaining about how heavy the car is to push. Just put your back into it!

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  1. We can get the work finished by this afternoon if we stop messing around and put our backs into it.
  2. No wonder Patrick's business failed. He was more interested in talking a big game than actually putting his back into it.

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