At all costs
If you are determined to obtain or achieve something
, you want it regardless of the expense, effort or sacrificeinvolved."The journalist was determined at all costs to get a report fromthe war zone."
When someone makes a public declaration of their objectiveor goal, this is their
."The avowed intent of the new Government is to reduceunemployment."
Beard the lion in his den
If you visit someone important in the place where they work,because you are determined to challenge him/her or obtainsomething, you
beard the lion in his den.Have a bee in one's bonnet
A person who has
a bee in their bonnet
has an ideawhich constantly occupies their thoughts."She's got a bee in her bonnet about moving to New York."
Beyond one's wildest dreams
If something is
beyond your wildest dreams
, it is better than you imagined or hoped for.
The research team received a grant from the governmentthat was beyond their wildest dreams."
Blood, sweat and tears
A project or action which involves
blood, sweat and tears
requires a lot of effort and hard work."His success wasn't due to luck; it was
blood, sweat andtears
all the way."
Have something on the brain
have something on the brain
, you think or talkabout it constantly."Stop talking about golf. You've got golf on the brain!"
, you apply yourself with determination tohard work and give it your full attention."If you want to pass your exams, you'll have buckle down anddo some serious work."
Dig in your heels
dig in your heels
, you refuse to do something,especially if someone is trying to convince you to do so."My grandfather dug in his heels and refused to move to anapartment."
An eager beaver
refers to a person who is hard-working and enthusiastic, sometimes considered overzealous."The new accountant works all the time - first to arrive andlast to leave - a real eager beaver!"
Explore all avenues
explore all avenues,
you try out every possibility inorder to obtain a result or find a solution."We can't say it's impossible until we've explored allavenues."
Fight tooth and nail
fight tooth and nail
for something, you fight with allyour energy."The Transport Minister fought tooth and nail to have to havethe proposed road safety law accepted."