hard yards

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

A sporting analogy referring to the game of rugby football, where making progress on the field, in measurements of yards, may lead to accomplishment and victory.

Originating in Australasia.

Pronunciation[edit]

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Noun[edit]

hard yards pl (plural only)

  1. (idiomatic) The key effort in completing a difficult task.

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