ENGLISH TIPS – To roll up one’s sleeves
“You see, idealism detached from action is just a dream. But idealism allied with pragmatism, with rolling up your sleeves and making the world bend a bit, is very exciting. It’s very real. It’s very strong.”
Bono, the lead singer of the Irish rock band, U2.
To prepare to work. This expression, alluding to turning one’s sleeves upward to avoid getting them wet or dirty, is used both literally and more loosely.
Based on the idea that people often literally roll up their sleeves before doing difficult physical work.
“After the election, the mayor rolled up his sleeves and began immediately to put his promises into action.”
“When he saw how much snow had fallen, he simply rolled up his sleeves and went to find the shovel.”
“He rolled his sleeves up and began to wash the dishes.”
“Let’s roll our sleeves up and get this job done!”