by the sweat of (one's) brow

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by the sweat of (one's) brow

Through or because of one's own efforts or hard work. By the sweat of his brow, my father turned a barren little plot of land into the flourishing farm you see today. This pair of entrepreneurs has created a billion-dollar company by the sweat of their brow.
See also: brow, of, sweat

by the sweat of one's brow

Fig. by one's efforts; by one's hard work. Tom raised these vegetables by the sweat of his brow. Sally polished the car by the sweat of her brow.
See also: brow, of, sweat

by the sweat of your brow

LITERARY
If you earn the money that you live on by the sweat of your brow, you earn it through doing hard physical work. Most people are no longer earning their bread by the sweat of their brow.
See also: brow, of, sweat

by the sweat of your brow

by your own hard work, typically manual labour.
This idiom is often used with reference to God's sentence on Adam after the Fall, condemning him to work for his food: ‘In the sweat of thy face shalt thou eat bread’ (Genesis 3:19).
See also: brow, of, sweat

by the sweat of your ˈbrow

(literary) by your own hard work or physical effort: They had to live by the sweat of their brow.
See also: brow, of, sweat
References in classic literature ?
Lawyer Lightwood,' ducking at him with a servile air, 'I am a man as gets my living, and as seeks to get my living, by the sweat of my brow.
I was so troubled in my mind, that I wouldn't have knowed more, no, not for the sum as I expect to earn from you by the sweat of my brow, twice told
So I made up my mind to get my trouble off my mind, and to earn by the sweat of my brow what was held out to me.
A pack of beggars who have become my good friends, have taught me twenty sorts of herculean feats, and now I give to my teeth every evening the bread which they have earned during the day by the sweat of my brow.
Give me strength to earn by the sweat of my brow, the daily rice for my family.
Workers carry signs in English and Chinese, reading "Justice for Wins Workers," "Give me the money I have earned by the sweat of my brow," "[Owner] Anna Wong Belongs in Jail