the sweat of (one's) brow

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the sweat of (one's) brow

One's own personal efforts or hard work. It's due to the sweat of my father's brow that a barren, fallow little plot of land was transformed into the flourishing farm you see today. This pair of entrepreneurs has created a billion-dollar company by the sweat of their brows.
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These mafias steal your daily bread by the sweat of your brow and from your childrens' mouths," he said, urging the crowd not to remain silent despite the "conspiracies" targeting them all.
You walk into a Jobcentre Plus and there are very few jobs around - you have got agencies who will take you on their books and earn money off the sweat of your brow.
Painfully But if you start with nothing why shouldn't you be allowed to enjoy the sweat of your brow, or even the luck that may have increased the price of your house beyond pounds 250,000?
He's getting paid a lot more than he thought he would get for fighting Pickering - that's another indication of what you can do with the sweat of your brow.
Earnings are achieved by the sweat of your brow and not having the good fortune to pick six numbers in the Lottery.
Dilbert reinforces the popular perception that work is a burden to be borne "by the sweat of your brow," as Genesis puts it.
I am not a purebred homesteader, but I have a lot of respect for all of you who earn solely by the sweat of your brow and knowledge of the land that has been passed down to you.