work one's fingers to the bone

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work one's fingers to the bone

Also, work one's tail or butt off . Exert oneself, labor very hard, as in She's working her fingers to the bone to support her children, or I work my tail off and then the government takes half my income in taxes. The first hyperbole, with its image of working the skin and flesh off one's fingers, dates from the mid-1800s; the less polite variants date from the first half of the 1900s.
See also: bone, finger, work
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Work I'VE been working, all week, just to pay the rent For I know that money, isn't heaven sent You have to work your butt off, sweat blood and tears Just to build a nest egg, for your future years.
Hoffner ran his butt off on the outside, and Francis ran his butt off on the inside.
The 38-year-old actress said in an interview with NBC that she had to pitch her butt off to get the project off the ground and had to make phone calls for hours on end, collect data and make different boards.
When 22 runs were needed off 16 balls, Winslade dropped Butt off Sayer at long off.
I'm excited to play for them and work my butt off at Oregon.
Since I've been working my butt off, I now realise why they do what they do," she said.
Lift one leg in the air, then use your abs and arms to lift your hips and butt off the ground, while your friend applies slight pressure on your foot.
I work my butt off but all they want to talk about is my body" - Film star Christina Hendricks.
Even as they applaud, you know this brute fact: You are only as good as your next sentence" Award-winning best-selling novelist Hilary Mantel "Westminster is like Hogwarts on steroids, a Byzantine place, like a very beautiful museum" Green MP Caroline Lucas "I work my butt off but all they want to talk about is my body" Film star Christina Hendricks "A lot of people would say, 'I would rather have a heart attack at the height of sexual passion'.
Honestly, watching something you don't want to watch simply because you won't move your congealing butt off the sofa?
Afridi bowled Bas Zuiderent's leg stump and Peter Borren top-edged a sweep to Butt off Saeed Ajmal.
Coronet Of A Baron's rider Corey Nakatani said: "He ran his butt off.
I am ready for the next four months of putting my head down, working hard and if someone pays the money that will further my career, then all the better; if they don't, then I will work my butt off to get what I want in football.
I'll work my butt off for a few years then get married, have kids and live in the country.
He is a player that's going to work his butt off, first and foremost, and be a part of the team.