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a 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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When the gluttonous bottom line of these major political contributors takes precedence over global health and well-being, then we're really missing it.
Turkeys crane their necks and cock their heads before resuming gluttonous scratching and pecking.
In short order, we are going to be out of money, out of international support for our gluttonous appetite, and out of amino to defend ourselves.
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.
ALTHOUGH I wholeheartedly agree with the concept of downsizing Britain's gluttonous nuclear armament, and the scandalous use of ABE (Anywhere But England) as platforms for nuclear attack, it saddened me to see so many politicians protesting outside the Faslane submarine base on the Clyde on Monday.
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.
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.
Lead by the diminutive Kap-su (Woo Jun-yeong), they intend to execute the director and embrace a gluttonous lifestyle.
OR ARE WE GROSSLY OBESE, GLUTTONOUS, & ILL FROM TOO MUCH JUNK FOOD?
At another place he says: 'Jesus could not portray himself as a pious man because people knew that he was a gluttonous alcoholic.
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.
And if your kids are fatties, too, well then, it's their own darn fault for being such gluttonous little monsters.