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salt mines

Humorous characterization of one's job. Salt deposits are often found underground, and even in the last century prisoners were condemned to long years or lifetimes of excavating the substance. Little wonder that it became a metaphor for hard or otherwise unpleasant work, as in, as you return to the office after lunch, “Well, it's back to the salt mines.”
See also: mine, salt
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His relatives, failing to understand that a question of sentiment was involved in this proceeding, appealed to hard facts, and reminded him that there were no salt mines in the neighborhood.
The seventh year his schooner was seized in Bering Sea by a Russian cruiser, and all hands, so the talk went, were slammed into the Siberian salt mines.
An' there's Smoke, the black little devil--didn't the Roosians have him for three years in the salt mines of Siberia, for poachin' on Copper Island, which is a Roosian preserve?
In this he failed, but Alexis was sent a convict to Siberia, where now, at this moment, he works in a salt mine.
Kissner owns and operates a rock salt mine located in Detroit, Michigan, which began operations over 100 years ago and today is one of the most efficient and safest rock salt mines in North America.
ISLAMABAD -- About 240,000 visitors, including college students and general public visit Salt Mines Khewra every year.
Few job assignments today are literally in the salt mines.
He also directed the PMDC management to promote tourism through various means of publicity and promotion for its world class asset-the Khewra Salt Mines by further improving facilities of its tourist resort at Khewra to attract more national and foreign visitors.
He directed the management to promote tourism through various means of publicity and promotion for its world class asset-the Khewra Salt Mines.
On the question of child labour in the salt mines, he said they were not working in the mine but transporting the salt by donkeys.
It said a salt shortage was looming because the Russians were no longer sending people to the salt mines.
ROADS Minister Conor Murphy yesterday toured some of the 30km of underground tunnels in Co Antrim that make up one of Europe's largest salt mines.
Meanwhile city grit suppliers claim they are losing thousands of pounds in revenue because the country's main salt mines are only selling to government agencies and local authorities.
It will also finance an environmental improvement programme at the Tuzla-area plant, which is the largest customer of local limestone and salt mines.