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no picnic

Meaning: used to express that an activity or action is not fun

Example: I love having little kids around but cleaning up after them is no picnic. Read on

no pain, no gain

Meaning: it is necessary to work hard or strive to reap rewards

Example: If you want to win the title next month, you have to train for an extra hour every day next week. No pain, no gain. Read on

crack the whip

Meaning: make someone work harder by asserting power or authority

Example: We'd better get some work done, or he'll crack the whip when he gets back from his tea break. Read on

bitter pill

Meaning: something unpleasant to be endured

Example: Finding out that she was adopted was a hard pill for Hailey to take. Read on

a hard nut to crack

Meaning: a problem that is difficult to solve

Example: She's such a tough nut to crack. Nobody seems to be able to get through to her. Read on

call of duty

Meaning: something you must do or feel compelled to do

Example: Both of my grandfathers felt it was their call of duty to enlist immediately for active service when the war broke out. Read on

a smooth sea never made a skilled sailor

Meaning: a proverb that means easy situations can never improve you or make you better

Example: You are just cutting days in the comfort of your home and spending your parents' money. You need to really get out and face the actual life. Remember, a smooth sea has never made a skilled sailor. Read on

pull your socks up

pull your socks up Meaning | Definition to be determined to work very hard to resolve to achieve a target that is usually difficult to achieve to ensure … Read on

strive to do

Meaning: to try very hard to achieve

Example: This is perhaps the only politician that I have come across who strives to do what he promised. Read on

hive of activity

Meaning: a very busy place

Example: The restaurant on this weekend will be a hive of activities. Read on

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be up on

Meaning: be well informed about a matter or subject

Example: If you want to start teaching English to grown-up kids, you need to be up on it else you're going to be unable to clarify their doubts. Read on

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