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a glutton for punishment

A person who continues to do things whose consequences they find 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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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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a glutton for punishment

If someone is a glutton for punishment, they keep on doing something which most people would find unpleasant or difficult. As well as the early starts riding and late nights working, this glutton for punishment is also studying for a degree. I know it's a big job to take on, but then I've always been a glutton for punishment. Note: A glutton is a greedy person.
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a glutton for punishment

a person who is always eager to undertake hard or unpleasant tasks.
Glutton of — was used figuratively from the early 18th century for someone inordinately fond of the thing specified, especially when translating the Latin phrase helluo librorum ‘a glutton of books’. The possible origin of the present phrase is in early 19th-century sporting slang.
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a ˌglutton for ˈpunishment, ˈwork, etc.

(informal) a person who seems to like doing unpleasant or difficult things: You’re going to drive all the way to London and back in a day? You’re a glutton for punishment, aren’t you?She’s a glutton for work. She stays late every evening.
A glutton is a person who is too fond of food. In this idiom, it refers to a person who seems to be very fond of the thing mentioned.
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References in classic literature ?
Did you think the punishment would be withheld because you are the wife of him who pronounces it?
That punishment, the public punishment of disgrace, should in a just measure attend his share of the offence is, we know, not one of the barriers which society gives to virtue.
I did, I did the Lord gave me the feeling, as a punishment for my sins
There are many awful passages in these pages, Ishmael," she said, when the volume was opened, and the leaves were slowly turning under her finger, "and some there ar' that teach the rules of punishment.
Satisfied now, that the fate of her brother was sealed, and possibly conscious how well he merited the punishment that was meditated, she no longer thought of mediation.
The immediate apprehensions of the kidnapper were quieted, by an assurance that he might yet live for days, though his punishment was inevitable.
He also challenged the acquittal of 26 accused asking for their convictions and punishments, as they were released.
Karachi -- Chief Justice Sindh High Court (SHC) has taken notice of strange punishments awarded by subordinate courts in Karachi.
AUTHORITIES are working round-the-clock to ensure that alternative punishments, approved by the National Assembly, are available for judges as soon as possible.
Such punishments have severe implications to the psychological being even though it was inculcated in their minds that it was for their own good.
Support remained high for most traditional punishments including sending children out of class (89%); after-school detentions (88%); lunch time detentions (87%); expelling or suspending children (84%); and making them write lines (77%).
Meting out cruel and inhuman retribution punishments is not justice.
26) Non-lethal public punishments "communicated the offender's crime to the watching crowd, and via gossip, to the entire community.
Contributors from law, criminal justice, and philosophy consider what exactly punishment is, whether it can ever be justified, whether juveniles should receive a different kind of punishments than adults, whether juveniles should ever receive a life sentence without parole, whether the juvenile justice system should be reformed, and whether there are reasonable alternatives to punishment.
KHANEWAL -- District Police Officer (DPO) Rana Ayaz Saleem on Tuesday awarded different kind of punishments including confiscation of service period and censure to various police officials.