labor of love


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labor of love

Work that is done for pleasure rather than money. Katherine spends all of her free time knitting baby clothes for her friends. It must be a labor of love.
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labor of love

Fig. a task that is either unpaid or badly paid and that one does simply for one's own satisfaction or pleasure or to please someone whom one likes or loves. Jane made no money out of the biography she wrote. She was writing about the life of a friend and the book was a labor of love. Mary hates knitting, but she made a sweater for her boyfriend. What a labor of love.
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labor of love

Work done for one's satisfaction rather than monetary reward. For example, The research took three years but it was a labor of love. This expression appears twice in the New Testament (Hebrews 6:10, Thessalonians 1:3), referring to those who do God's work as a labor of love. [c. 1600]
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Dr Gordon Gee, President of the Ohio State University, was the honoree for the event this year, receiving the Labor of Love Award for his philanthropic effort throughout the Columbus community and internationally.
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Carol Kidwell has clearly performed a labor of love in retracing Sannazaro's life and times, surveying his work with an appreciative eye, and recounting her enthusiasm in a highly readable yet scholarly and well documented book.
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We call it Peggy's Labor of Love to homesick young lads,'' Cannon said by phone from Oregon.
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This case was a labor of love for Schoenberg, the grandson of famed composer Arnold Schoenberg, whose family also fled Vienna and settled in Los Angeles.