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 El’berich.Elbow Grease. 
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E. Cobham Brewer 1810–1897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
 
Elbow.
 
(Anglo-Saxon, el-boga; el=an ell, boga=a bow.)   1
   A knight of the elbow. A gambler.   2
   At one’s elbow. Close at hand.   3
   To elbow one’s way in. To push one’s way through a crowd; to get a place by hook or crook.   4
   To elbow out, to be elbowed out. To supersede; to be ousted by a rival.   5
   Up to one’s elbow [in work]. Very busy, or full of work. Work piled up to one’s elbows.   6
 


 El’berich.Elbow Grease. 

 
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