the sweat of (one's) brow

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the sweat of (one's) brow

One's own personal efforts or hard work. It's due to the sweat of my father's brow that a barren, fallow little plot of land was transformed into the flourishing farm you see today. This pair of entrepreneurs has created a billion-dollar company by the sweat of their brows.
See also: brow, of, sweat
References in classic literature ?
The poor human creature has given the sweat of his brow to extort from an ungrateful soil his daily bread; and now he eats that well-savoured bread in silent self-respect.
It is not necessary that a man should earn his living by the sweat of his brow, unless he sweats easier than I do.
He died at fifty; all the years of his life he had panted under the thumb of masters whose rapacity exacted from him the price of the water, of the salt, of the very air he breathed; taxed the sweat of his brow and claimed the blood of his sons.
Him Indoors built it with the sweat of his brow and a lot of Portland stone.
Carragher isthe country's outstanding illustration of a footballer who has hauled his way to the very top by the sweat of his brow.
Banished from Paradise, poor Adam had henceforth to toil in the sweat of his brow.
For example, since God has given to man the right to acquire and to control property "by the sweat of his brow," it follows that properly constituted government must protect that right.
A life with no worries but plenty of money in his pockets, money he had not earned by the sweat of his brow, therefore that much easier to spend as he wished" (p.