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glutton for punishment

A person who continues to do things whose consequences he or she finds difficult or unpleasant. I couldn't wait to finish college, but I soon found myself in grad school. I must be a glutton for punishment. Why does George keep getting detention? Is he a glutton for punishment?
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glutton for punishment

Fig. someone who is eager for a burden or some sort of difficulty; someone willing to accept a difficult task. Tom works too hard. He is a glutton for punishment. I enjoy managing difficult projects, but I am a glutton for punishment.
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a glutton for punishment

someone who does a lot of something that most people find unpleasant I told my brother he could ask his best friend to come along to the movies with us - I really must be a glutton for punishment.
Etymology: based on the literal meaning of glutton (a person who eats or drinks too much)
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a glutton for punishment

  (humorous)
someone who seems to like working hard or doing things that most people would find unpleasant So as well as a full-time job and a family to look after, she's started taking an evening class. She's a glutton for punishment, that woman.
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glutton for punishment

Someone who habitually takes on burdensome or unpleasant tasks or unreasonable amounts of work. For example, Rose agreed to organize the church fair for the third year in a row-she's a glutton for punishment . This expression originated as a glutton for work in the late 1800s, punishment being substituted about a century later.
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But now, thanks to the FCC and Bush Administration, that buffet of choices has been turned into an all-you-can-eat glutton fest for the Bells.
Some gluttons for punishment are even eschewing cars, buses and taxis to travel the 1200 kilometer Shikoku pilgrimage the original way.
Contemporary gluttons for punishment further exchange truth for a lie, worship the creature, and are stripped at an even deeper level: they lose God-given protection from the disjunction within man, personally and socially, of love and life.
Still, by the time the second day dawned I had joined the gluttons.
Above all, he knew how to speak a language that everyone understood, railing against the "special interests," the "rich man's tax bill," and "the gluttons of privilege" In an important farm-belt speech at Dexter, Iowa, he accused the Republicans of "sticking a pitchfork in the farmer's back.
Whe the heat and humidity settle in, we're all gluttons for anything cool, sweet, and preferably creamy.
But the real gluttons are the companies which make huge profits flogging products high in sugar, fat and salt, and then spend vast amounts of money fending off regulation.
But those gluttons for punishment still keen to sample the, er, unique service from Torquay's most monstrous hotelier can do so courtesy of Interactive Theatre Australia, whose acclaimed actors produce spot-on facsimiles of the '70s sit-com's cast.
Its US inventor said: "My guests were all total gluttons.
The groups shortlisted include The Rugeley Book Club, Staffordshire; St Mawgan Readers' Group, Cornwall; The Book Gluttons, London; The Book Groupies, Lincoln; Books on the Broad, Oxford; and VIP Readers' Group, Kent.
Any food fan will relish these fun vignettes of promoters, events, and eaters alike, wrapped n chapters of mouth-watering--and sometimes horrifying--descriptions of food and gluttons alike.
But he and Castillo, ever the gluttons for punishment, will do it again Feb.
It's called the International Federation of Competitive Eating, and Charles Hardy is its glutton di tutti i gluttons.
With 45 million gallons of water being used for ASC's mountains each season, snowmaking is one of the ski industry's heaviest environmental gluttons.
Despite their consuming passions, the Aka hardly qualify as affluent party animals or jaded gluttons.