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Alternatively derived from sailing, when furling or unfurling the canvas from certain (perhaps higher) spars was both dangerous and difficult.
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- (originally Australia) The key effort in completing a difficult task.
- Synonym: heavy lifting
- do the hard yards
- put in the hard yards
- 2007, Ian Cocoran, The Art of Digital Branding, Allworth Press, →ISBN, pages 128–129:
- As with coupons and vouchers, there is seemingly no end to the opportunities that exist to improve a Web site's traffic flow by giving something away for nothing—as long as users are prepared to put in the hard yards, of course.
- 2017 August 22, Peter Lewis, “In a tough campaign the marriage equality team faces hard yards ahead”, in The Guardian:
- In tough conditions, with no room for complacency, the campaign will need to slog out the hard yards, give it 110% and leave it all on the field.
- Eric Partridge (2005), “hard yards”, in Tom Dalzell and Terry Victor, editors, The New Partridge Dictionary of Slang and Unconventional English, volume 1 (A–I), first edition, London; New York, N.Y.: Routledge, →ISBN, page 967.