a glutton for punishment

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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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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It makes for some fascinating scientific discoveries, but he really is a glutton for punishment "I really hope my teeth don't fall out at the end of this experiment," he says.
Chelsea open their league account at promoted Burnley tomorrow night, with Mourinho claiming he is a glutton for punishment for shouldering highpressure managerial assignments.
Possibly a glutton for punishment or possibly just hugely passionate about the great outdoors, he is now filming the third series in Ireland.
Some might be tempted to think Mr Diamond is a glutton for punishment.
X FACTOR judge LOUIS WALSH must be a glutton for punishment - he's holding auditions for a new Irish girl band next week.
So a glutton for punishment like Chestnut -- the current world record holder in devouring pork ribs (5 1/2 pounds in 12 minutes last July), waffles (18 1/2 in 10minutes in September) and buffalo wings (173 at Wing Bowl XIV in Philadelphia in February) -- has given American TV viewers another pop culture icon to temporarily divert their attention from global warming and other such trivial matters.
Dave said: "I must be a glutton for punishment as I've now completed this event seven times and it is just as gruelling as ever but the sense of achievement is phenomenal.
Clearly a glutton for punishment, the 22-year-old is confident the months of riding out, fitness work and boxing that constituted his training regime for Aintree have prepared him for the rigours ahead today as a member of the eight-strong team running for Racing Welfare.
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After talking to people at the club and agreeing to join, I explained how I must be a glutton for punishment,'' Addison joked.
A glutton for punishment, he seems to enjoy punching well above his weight.
Ryan is a glutton for punishment - he is keen to do the same thing again, so if you hear of a closing school or other equivalent opportunity anywhere in the UK, please let us know - mike.
Some may suspect that Delap is a glutton for punishment for electing to become embroiled in a second successive relegation scrap after last season's failed Premiership survival bid with the Saints.
I must just be a glutton for punishment Richard Vaughan-Davies is a writer and owner of a Mold menswear retailer
I'm a glutton for punishment,'' said Woodland Hills resident Karen Gasbarro, who plans to ``dump her kids off'' somewhere for the day so she can hit the stores.