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  • A big ask
  • A hands turn
  • A true professional
  • All out
  • An abortive attempt
  • An uphill battle
  • Armed struggle
  • Asking for trouble
  • At a push
  • At a stretch
  • At full stretch
  • Beads of sweat
  • Beaver away at
  • Bend over backwards to help
  • Blood, sweat and tears ( meaning and origin of this phrase )
  • Boom or bust
  • Borrow trouble
  • Break your back
  • Break your balls
  • Break your neck
  • Buck up your ideas
  • Buckle under the strain
  • Burst a blood vessel
  • Bust a gut
  • Bust your balls
  • Bust your buttons
  • Bust your chops
  • Clean up your act
  • Dig deep
  • Do it the hard way
  • Do the hard yards ( Put in the hard work necessary for success )
  • Do your bit
  • Do your damnedest
  • Do your worst
  • Don't just sit there
  • Don't trouble your pretty little head about it
  • Donkey work
  • Double trouble
  • Double, double toil and trouble, fire burn and cauldron bubble
  • Elbow grease
  • Flat out
  • Flat out like a lizard drinking
  • Genius is an infinite capacity for taking pains ( Thomas Carlyle quotation )
  • Genius is one percent inspiration and 99 percent perspiration ( Thomas Edison quotation )
  • Get down to business
  • Get stuck in
  • Get your ass into gear
  • Get your hands dirty
  • Get your teeth into
  • Give it all you've got
  • Give it plenty
  • Give it some wellie
  • Give it the old college try
  • Give it your best shot
  • Go for broke
  • Go the extra mile
  • Go to great lengths
  • Hang in there
  • Here comes trouble
  • Hurry hard
  • I Knew You Were Trouble ( Taylor Swift song )
  • I have nothing to offer but blood toil tears and sweat ( Winston Churchill quotation ) ( meaning and origin of this phrase )
  • If at first you don't succeed try, try and try again
  • If it kills me
  • In trouble
  • Jump through hoops
  • Knock yourself out
  • Knuckle down to
  • Last ditch effort
  • Lean into it
  • Let the train take the strain ( British Rail advertising slogan )
  • Lick into shape
  • Life and death struggle
  • Looking for trouble
  • Make a good fist of it
  • Make trouble
  • Move heaven and earth
  • No challenge too great
  • No pain, no gain
  • Nose for trouble
  • One's level best
  • Pain barrier
  • Play to win
  • Pull your weight
  • Push the boundaries
  • Put in the hard yards
  • Put some muscle into it
  • Put your back into it
  • Put your hand to the plough
  • Reach new heights
  • Rest up ( take a break from one's arduous efforts )
  • Revenge mission ( an attempt to seek active retribution )
  • Roll up your sleeves
  • Root hog or die
  • Run yourself ragged
  • Shoulder to the grindstone
  • Slave away at
  • Spade work
  • Stir up trouble
  • Straighten up and fly right
  • Strain every nerve
  • Strike out swinging ( A baseball expression meaning to fail while giving it your best effort )
  • Sweat blood
  • The labours of Hercules
  • The little engine that could
  • This is a local shop, we'll have no trouble here ( A catchphrase from The League of Gentlemen )
  • Trouble and strife ( Cockney rhyming slang for wife )
  • Trouble in Paradise
  • Trouble with a capital T
  • Tummy trouble
  • Under your own steam
  • Up to your neck in trouble
  • We aim to please
  • Wear yourself out
  • When I find myself in times of trouble Mother Mary comes to me ( Beatles song lyric )
  • Work like a Trojan
  • Work like a beaver
  • Work like a dog
  • Work one's fingers to the bone
  • Work your ass off
  • Work your butt off
  • Working all the hours God sends
  • Working party

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