do the hard yards

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

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.

Pronunciation[edit]

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Verb[edit]

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.