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The meaning of "elbow grease"

" Elbow grease "
Meaning:
Energetic labour, especially in the polishing of household items.
Example:
That silver will never get a shine like that - put some elbow grease into it.
Where did it originate?:
Britain, late 17th century.
Where is it used?:
Britain, mostly by the older generation.
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