do the hard yards

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It is most likely to have come from the days of sailing, when furling or unfurling the canvas from certain (perhaps higher) spars was both dangerous and difficult.


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do the hard yards (third-person singular simple present does the hard yards, present participle doing the hard yards, simple past did the hard yards, past participle done the hard yards)

  1. (idiomatic) To perform a difficult task or tasks.