roll up one's sleeves
- Used other than with a figurative or idiomatic meaning: see roll, up, one's, sleeves.
- (idiomatic) To prepare to work.
2011 October 1, Phil Dawkes quoting Steve Bruce, “Sunderland 2 - 2 West Brom”, in BBC Sport:
- "We could quite easily have folded today but thankfully they rolled up their sleeves and got back into it. We could even have won it. We had a couple of great opportunities but we just ran out of juice."
roll one's sleeves up
prepare to work