To bring one's nose to the grindstone
Grindstone Grind"stone`, n. A flat, circular stone, revolving on an axle, for grinding or sharpening tools, or shaping or smoothing objects. [1913 Webster]

{To hold one's nose to the grindstone}, {To bring one's nose to the grindstone}, to oppress one; to keep one in a condition of servitude.

{To put one's nose to the grindstone} (a) to oppress one; to cause one to work hard and steadily. (b) to set oneself to a long and arduous task.

{To keep one's nose to the grindstone} to continue at a long and arduous task; to apply oneself steadily to one's duties. [1913 Webster +PJC]

They might be ashamed, for lack of courage, to suffer the Laced[ae]monians to hold their noses to the grindstone. --Sir T. North. [1913 Webster]


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  • To bring one's nose to the grindstone — Nose Nose (n[=o]z), n. [AS. nosu; akin to D. neus, G. nase, OHG. nasa, Icel. n[ o]s, Sw. n[ a]sa, Dan. n[ a]se, Lith. nosis, Russ. nos , L. nasus, nares, Skr. n[=a]s[=a], n[=a]s. [root]261. Cf. {Nasal}, {Nasturtium}, {Naze}, {Nostril}, {Nozzle}.] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • To hold one's nose to the grindstone — Nose Nose (n[=o]z), n. [AS. nosu; akin to D. neus, G. nase, OHG. nasa, Icel. n[ o]s, Sw. n[ a]sa, Dan. n[ a]se, Lith. nosis, Russ. nos , L. nasus, nares, Skr. n[=a]s[=a], n[=a]s. [root]261. Cf. {Nasal}, {Nasturtium}, {Naze}, {Nostril}, {Nozzle}.] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • To put one's nose to the grindstone — Nose Nose (n[=o]z), n. [AS. nosu; akin to D. neus, G. nase, OHG. nasa, Icel. n[ o]s, Sw. n[ a]sa, Dan. n[ a]se, Lith. nosis, Russ. nos , L. nasus, nares, Skr. n[=a]s[=a], n[=a]s. [root]261. Cf. {Nasal}, {Nasturtium}, {Naze}, {Nostril}, {Nozzle}.] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • To hold one's nose to the grindstone — Grindstone Grind stone , n. A flat, circular stone, revolving on an axle, for grinding or sharpening tools, or shaping or smoothing objects. [1913 Webster] {To hold one s nose to the grindstone}, {To bring one s nose to the grindstone}, to… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • To keep one's nose to the grindstone — Grindstone Grind stone , n. A flat, circular stone, revolving on an axle, for grinding or sharpening tools, or shaping or smoothing objects. [1913 Webster] {To hold one s nose to the grindstone}, {To bring one s nose to the grindstone}, to… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • To put one's nose to the grindstone — Grindstone Grind stone , n. A flat, circular stone, revolving on an axle, for grinding or sharpening tools, or shaping or smoothing objects. [1913 Webster] {To hold one s nose to the grindstone}, {To bring one s nose to the grindstone}, to… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • To put one's nose out of joint — Nose Nose (n[=o]z), n. [AS. nosu; akin to D. neus, G. nase, OHG. nasa, Icel. n[ o]s, Sw. n[ a]sa, Dan. n[ a]se, Lith. nosis, Russ. nos , L. nasus, nares, Skr. n[=a]s[=a], n[=a]s. [root]261. Cf. {Nasal}, {Nasturtium}, {Naze}, {Nostril}, {Nozzle}.] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • To thrust one's nose into — Nose Nose (n[=o]z), n. [AS. nosu; akin to D. neus, G. nase, OHG. nasa, Icel. n[ o]s, Sw. n[ a]sa, Dan. n[ a]se, Lith. nosis, Russ. nos , L. nasus, nares, Skr. n[=a]s[=a], n[=a]s. [root]261. Cf. {Nasal}, {Nasturtium}, {Naze}, {Nostril}, {Nozzle}.] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • To wipe one's nose of — Nose Nose (n[=o]z), n. [AS. nosu; akin to D. neus, G. nase, OHG. nasa, Icel. n[ o]s, Sw. n[ a]sa, Dan. n[ a]se, Lith. nosis, Russ. nos , L. nasus, nares, Skr. n[=a]s[=a], n[=a]s. [root]261. Cf. {Nasal}, {Nasturtium}, {Naze}, {Nostril}, {Nozzle}.] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Nose — (n[=o]z), n. [AS. nosu; akin to D. neus, G. nase, OHG. nasa, Icel. n[ o]s, Sw. n[ a]sa, Dan. n[ a]se, Lith. nosis, Russ. nos , L. nasus, nares, Skr. n[=a]s[=a], n[=a]s. [root]261. Cf. {Nasal}, {Nasturtium}, {Naze}, {Nostril}, {Nozzle}.] [1913… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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