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keep one's nose the grindstone

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  • as inburn the candle at both ends
  • as inkeep one's nose to the grindstone

synonyms for keep one's nose the grindstone

  • bite off more than one can chew
  • go to extremes
  • go too far
  • keep one's nose to the grindstone
  • overdo
  • overextend oneself
  • slave
  • spread oneself too thin
  • stay on the treadmill
  • take on too much
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How to use keep one's nose the grindstone in a sentence

Sleek finds it far harder work than fortune-making; but he pursues his Will-o'-the-Wisp with untiring energy.
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She was growing accustomed to like shocks, but she could not keep the mounting color back from her cheeks.
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And it was no light task, then, for six hundred men to keep the peace on a thousand miles of frontier.
RAW GOLDBERTRAND W. SINCLAIR
His nose was hooked and rather large, his eyes were blue, bright as steel, and set a trifle wide.
ST. MARTIN'S SUMMERRAFAEL SABATINI
He will keep the sayings of renowned men, and will enter withal into the subtilties of parables.
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Keep closely covered with a bell glass and, in a few weeks, more or less, the baby Ferns will start to put in an appearance.
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My thought was to keep pushing in troops from "W" Beach until the enemy had fallen back to save themselves from being cut off.
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Sympathising with its desires, Benjy changed his posture, and managed just to touch the nose of his enemy.
THE GIANT OF THE NORTHR.M. BALLANTYNE
He is dead; but his three sons have the estate yet, and I think they would keep their father's promise to the Indians.
RAMONAHELEN HUNT JACKSON
My children, keep discipline in peace: for wisdom that is hid, and a treasure that is not seen, what profit is there in them both?
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