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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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References in classic literature ?
Did you think the punishment would be withheld because you are the wife of him who pronounces it?
That punishment, the public punishment of disgrace, should in a just measure attend his share of the offence is, we know, not one of the barriers which society gives to virtue.
Though he had thrown on one side the Christian dogmas it never occurred to him to criticise the Christian ethics; he accepted the Christian virtues, and indeed thought it fine to practise them for their own sake, without a thought of reward or punishment.
A thing to be considered of in both is their receiving of punishments, and I am now reminded that the girl Irene (whom I take in this matter to be your mouthpiece) complains that I am not sufficiently severe with David, and do leave the chiding of him for offences against myself to her in the hope that he will love her less and me more thereby.
When the gods administered punishment they stood on their legs.
To Hell for life"--that is a foolish penalty: the culprit chooses the duration of his punishment.
But for Defoe it was a triumph rather than a punishment.
Perkins, martinet though he was, would hardly, I think, have inflicted such a punishment on Cecily, who was a favourite of his, had he known the real nature of that luckless missive.
Now the worst part of the punishment is that he who refuses to rule is liable to be ruled by one who is worse than himself.
Or can any carnal appetite so overpower your reason, or so totally lay it asleep, as to prevent your flying with affright and terror from a crime which carries such punishment always with it?
And if the punishment be not also a right and an honour to the transgressor, I do not like your punishing.
When I had concluded my narration I said, "This is the being whom I accuse and for whose seizure and punishment I call upon you to exert your whole power.
Seeing every where grave but composed features, and meeting in no eye any expression that threatened immediate violence, the miserable man began to revive; and, by the time he was seated in the wagon, his artful faculties were beginning to plot the expedients of parrying the just resentment of his kinsmen, or, if these should fail him, the means of escaping from a punishment that his forebodings told him would be terrible.
I hold this slow and daily tampering with the mysteries of the brain, to be immeasurably worse than any torture of the body: and because its ghastly signs and tokens are not so palpable to the eye and sense of touch as scars upon the flesh; because its wounds are not upon the surface, and it extorts few cries that human ears can hear; therefore I the more denounce it, as a secret punishment which slumbering humanity is not roused up to stay.
Too frequent rewards signify that the enemy is at the end of his resources; too many punishments betray a condition of dire distress.