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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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Californians shouldn't be turned into gluttons for punishment, just because the gluttonous monopolies can't stem their greed.
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He has come up with the perfect name for his business - The River Cottage Glutton - and plans to convert his crop into tomato ketchup, tomato and apple butter, and green tomato and tomato samosas.
Nobody's arguing that it should be illegal to be such a glutton and such a sloth that you can't get around without an electric scooter," he writes.
Twelve months ago, John Oxx's stamina glutton (left) didn't get the breaks in the two-and-ahalf-mile feature, but still managed to take third behind today's rival Colour Vision.
At first I thought I was just being a glutton, but now I am seriously starting to suspect I'm losing it.
Unlike a traditional piggy bank, this glutton for greenbacks has four slots on its back for saving, spending, donating and investing.
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Jesus himself was disparaged by his enemies for being a glutton and a drunkard, for dining regally with the Pharisees one night and partying with sinners the next.
According to Proverbs, one should not 'be among winebibbers or among gluttonous eaters of meat, for the drunkard and the glutton will come to poverty'," it adds.
I always tell them at the end of practice not to be glutton.
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