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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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In short order, it is gluttonously devoured by the inarguable king of the neighborhood.
Instead, the pharmaceutical industry is hard at work at developing drugs that allow people to eat gluttonously without getting fat.
In fact the same viciousness that in fifty years has torn up entirely the gentle relation between town and country that had grown so naturally from Pizarro's grid - that has gluttonously devoured all the arable land that led him to choose the site of his capital - is now on the verge of extending its chaotic mantle of concrete and bustle to the lovely frame of cliffs and beaches.
Having been introduced around, offered a dozen smiles, handshakes, and hugs, we were shown the way to a gluttonously over-stuffed refrigerator and a bounteously laden kitchen table and told to have a second helping, to be certain we had something for the ride back over the bridge tonight or for the ride back into Brooklyn tomorrow morning.
she offers us dessert, and we savor it as gluttonously as we would a seductive tiramisu at the end of a mediocre repast.
And when I received news of his death, one of the images that came to my mind was seeing him in one of those patisseries, gluttonously thrusting a large quantity of cream, sugar and pastry into his mouth, almost as though his body were driving him to make up some obscure chemical deficiency, and I have often wondered whether, instead of some mental state, it was not some physical state, obscure but subtly malignant, the body constantly making its insatiable demand, that drove him to his terrible end.
Leaning over a fence with his coarse arms extending and one of his dirty leather boots resting on a lower wooden railing the Marlboro Man is gluttonously smoking.