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glutton for punishment

A person who continues to do things whose consequences he or she finds 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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a glutton for punishment

someone who does a lot of something that most people find unpleasant I told my brother he could ask his best friend to come along to the movies with us - I really must be a glutton for punishment.
Etymology: based on the literal meaning of glutton (a person who eats or drinks too much)
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a glutton for punishment

  (humorous)
someone who seems to like working hard or doing things that most people would find unpleasant So as well as a full-time job and a family to look after, she's started taking an evening class. She's a glutton for punishment, that woman.
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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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When the gluttonous bottom line of these major political contributors takes precedence over global health and well-being, then we're really missing it.
Charles' great-great grandfather Edward VII was a gluttonous lecher, a serial adulterer who lived only for pleasure, a self-indulgent snob who came to Cardiff just once when Prince of Wales.
Up to this point, my knowledge of rats was confined to Templeton, the gluttonous garbage seeker in E.
In a meditation on beauty, Rapaille suggests that obesity might not be the problem we generally understand it to be--a failure of nutrition, health education, and a gluttonous national appetite--but the sad, incidental result of widespread anxiety and self-doubt, much like the high rate of high-school dropouts or the common cosmetic use of pharmaceuticals.
Gluttonous jaunts through foreign lands can wreak havoc on even the lithest figures.
This is good news, since rabbits are the biggest eaters in the small animal arena, followed by the gluttonous guinea pig.
By Ghaith Having unfortunately had to do a bit of non-festive shopping on Ramadan eve, I was struck by people's gluttonous instincts and habits, as looking at the overcrowded car park and supermarket one would have though that there was an impending crisis of sorts, perhaps a war, hurricane, famine or so.
The winners are gluttonous Augustus Gloop, super competitive Violet Beauregarde, spoilt brat Veruca Salt and TV addict Mike Teavee.
OR ARE WE GROSSLY OBESE, GLUTTONOUS, & ILL FROM TOO MUCH JUNK FOOD?
It's become a ritual of latenight talk shows to turn presidential candidates into stock characters like Bush the Dumb Frat Boy, Gore the Know-It-All Stiff, Clinton the Gluttonous Lecher, or Reagan the Amiable Dunce.
Sinners of every stripe--the greedy, the vain, the prideful, the selfish, the sanctimonious, the promiscuous, the dishonest, the gluttonous, and the uncharitable--walk the earth but all have redeeming social value.
According to Langley, Weill's volatile personality--he is in many ways tyrannical, gluttonous, a workaholic, explosive yet loyal, with indefatigable energy and superhuman ambition--could be raw material for a novel.
Bill Maher's now canceled Politically Incorrect slaughtered herds of sacred cows, and his recent When You Ride Alone You Ride with Bin Laden (New Millennium) slices and dices America's greed, selfishness, and gluttonous oil consumption while taking more than a few pokes at Washington's prosecution of the war on terror.
But this is a "flattened" image, Poole writes; in reality, the puritan's sanctimoniousness coexisted as a counterpart or hypocritical cover in hostile representations that painted him as actually lusty, drunken, gluttonous, grotesque, and generally transgressive -- not the "killjoy" Malvolio but Bartholomew Fair's Zeal-of the-Land Busy (12).
However, the argument from the duties to self clause of the Second Formulation to the absolute prohibition of homosexuality and masturbation fails: the most Kant gets is the conclusion that when homosexuality and masturbation (like any other sexual activity) become gluttonous or stupefying (like drinking too much alcohol and eating too much), only then can these activities be condemned as violating a duty to self.