''Start for real'' in American English

Xavier da Silva

Senior Member
Hello everone,

I'm looking for a way to say that something starts in a serious way, in an intense way, not by halves; where all effort and concentration will be needed. My question: is "start" + "for real" idiomatic/natural in American English in my examples below?

My examples:

a. Well, now that the vacation is over, work starts for real on Monday. Our days of less work are over now.
b. We intend to start for real next week, which is when classes and work happen full time.

Thank you in advance!

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