put one's back into sth

put one's back into something (to exert more physical force on something, or to put more physical effort into doing something) — приложить силы; приложить усилия

Example 1: The pot's not coming clean? Put your back into it!

— Vivi
Is it possible to use this idiom figuratively? E.g. 'I had to put all my back into swotting for exam?'. Does it sound too far-fetched? What would you say in such a situation?

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