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 duties.
[1913 Webster +PJC]

They might be ashamed, for lack of courage, to suffer the Lacedmonians to hold their noses to the grindstone.
Sir T. North.
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