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Difference between Follow the plough and Put one’s hand to the plough

follow the ploughbe a ploughman or peasant:

  • His boys followed the plough; and his girls went out to service.

put one’s hand to the plough —(also: turn one’s hand to the plough) begin a task (with the implication that one will persist at it):

  • Ideala, having at last put her hand to the plough, worked with a will.