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burn the candle at both ends

Meaning: to exhaust someone's energies or resources by leading a hectic life.

Example: Since starting my new job, I have been burning the candle at both ends. Read on

a tall order

Meaning: a challenging task or difficult requirement

Example: Telling a player to score six goals in one game is a tall order. Read on

buckle down

Meaning: make sure something stays in place

Example: She knew if she didn't buckle down, the tasks wouldn't get done. Read on

lone it

Meaning: to do an activity alone

Example: They asked him to go to the movies, but he decided to lone it. Read on

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

get the sack (boot, axe)

Meaning: be dismissed from the job

Example: If you can't do your job properly, you're going to get the sack. 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

backroom boy(s)

Meaning: people who work in anonymity

Example: They left the technical problems for the back-rooms boys. They will make short work of it all. Read on

Herculean task

Meaning: a task requiring huge amounts of physical strength

Example: It will be a Herculean task to get through to the quarter-finals, but this untested team is up for the challenge. Read on

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black book

Meaning: a book containing a list of secret contacts

Example: Ann will not invite Bob to the party because he has been in her black books for so long. Read on

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