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 for To hold one''s nose to the grindstone
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Grindstone \Grind"stone`\, n.
     A flat, circular stone, revolving on an axle, for grinding or
     sharpening tools, or shaping or smoothing objects.
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     To hold one's nose to the grindstone, To bring one's nose
     to the grindstone, to oppress one; to keep one in a
        condition of servitude.
     To put one's nose to the grindstone
     (a) to oppress one; to cause one to work hard and steadily.
     (b) to set oneself to a long and arduous task.
     To keep one's nose to the grindstone to continue at a long
        and arduous task; to apply oneself steadily to one's
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              They might be ashamed, for lack of courage, to
              suffer the Laced[ae]monians to hold their noses to
              the grindstone.                       --Sir T.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Nose \Nose\ (n[=o]z), n. [AS. nosu; akin to D. neus, G. nase,
     OHG. nasa, Icel. n["o]s, Sw. n[aum]sa, Dan. n[aum]se, Lith.
     nosis, Russ. nos', L. nasus, nares, Skr. n[=a]s[=a], n[=a]s.
     [root]261. Cf. Nasal, Nasturtium, Naze, Nostril,
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     1. (Anat.) The prominent part of the face or anterior
        extremity of the head containing the nostrils and
        olfactory cavities; the olfactory organ. See Nostril,
        and Olfactory organ under Olfactory.
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     2. The power of smelling; hence, scent.
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              We are not offended with a dog for a better nose
              than his master.                      --Collier.
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     3. A projecting end or beak at the front of an object; a
        snout; a nozzle; a spout; as, the nose of a bellows; the
        nose of a teakettle.
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     Nose bit (Carp.), a bit similar to a gouge bit, but having
        a cutting edge on one side of its boring end.
     Nose hammer (Mach.), a frontal hammer.
     Nose hole (Glass Making), a small opening in a furnace,
        before which a globe of crown glass is held and kept soft
        at the beginning of the flattening process.
     Nose key (Carp.), a fox wedge.
     Nose leaf (Zool.), a thin, broad, membranous fold of skin
        on the nose of many species of bats. It varies greatly in
        size and form.
     Nose of wax, (fig.), a person who is pliant and easily
        influenced. "A nose of wax to be turned every way."
     Nose piece, the nozzle of a pipe, hose, bellows, etc.; the
        end piece of a microscope body, to which an objective is
     To hold one's nose to the grindstone, To put one's nose to
     the grindstone, or To bring one's nose to the grindstone.
        See under Grindstone.
     To lead by the nose, to lead at pleasure, or to cause to
        follow submissively; to lead blindly, as a person leads a
        beast. --Shak.
     To put one's nose out of joint, to humiliate one's pride,
        esp. by supplanting one in the affections of another.
     To thrust one's nose into, to meddle officiously in.
     To wipe one's nose of, to deprive of; to rob. [Slang]
     on the nose,
        (a) exactly, accurately.
        (b) (racing) to win, as opposed to to place or to
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