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 ?
Lawyer Lightwood,' ducking at him with a servile air, 'I am a man as gets my living, and as seeks to get my living, by the sweat of my brow.
I'm going to earn from five to ten thousand pound by the sweat of my brow; and as a poor man doing justice to the sweat of my brow, is it likely I can afford to part with so much as my name without its being took down?
I was so troubled in my mind, that I wouldn't have knowed more, no, not for the sum as I expect to earn from you by the sweat of my brow, twice told
So I made up my mind to get my trouble off my mind, and to earn by the sweat of my brow what was held out to me.
A pack of beggars who have become my good friends, have taught me twenty sorts of herculean feats, and now I give to my teeth every evening the bread which they have earned during the day by the sweat of my brow.
Workers carry signs in English and Chinese, reading "Justice for Wins Workers," "Give me the money I have earned by the sweat of my brow," "[Owner] Anna Wong Belongs in Jail
The efforts of my muscles and the sweat of my brow had contributed directly to my needs, to my livelihood and to the well-being of the small community in which I lived, unmediated by paycheck, Social Security garnishments, boss or necessity for marketing what I had crafted.
Heaven knows I have watered my garden with the sweat of my brow to put the finest of foodstuff on the table.