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toil for someone

1. to work on behalf of someone or for someone's benefit. I don't mind toiling for her as long as she thanks me. I don't know why I toil for you. You are totally ungrateful.
2. to do someone else's work. I don't know why I should have to toil for you. Do your own work! I won't toil for him. He can do his own work.
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toil for something

1. to work toward a particular goal or ideal. I am willing to toil for something I believe in. She spent the afternoon toiling for her favorite charity.
2. to work for a certain rate of pay. It's hard to toil for slave's wages. Do you expect me to toil endlessly for such low pay?
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toil over someone or something

to work hard on someone or something. The doctors toiled over the patient for hours. Ken toiled over his model plane well into the night.
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toil up something

to work hard to climb something steep. The hikers toiled up the slope slowly. As the bus toiled up the hill, we worried that the engine might be overheating.
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References in classic literature ?
These and many other things he told them; for little Violet had won the love of many of the Frost-Spirits, and even when they killed the flowers she had toiled so hard to bring to life and beauty, she spoke gentle words to them, and sought to teach them how beautiful is love.
But at front and rear, unawed and indomitable, toiled the two men who were not yet dead.
Hilfenhaus toiled for 2/99 in the first-Test in Brisbane looking undercooked and under pace making Starc's left-arm variety an attractive prospect on an Adelaide strip that can test a seamer's character.
Ar y rhaglen heno, mi fydd Ifor yn gweld sut mae toiledau'n gweddnewid Bangladesh, a sut mae gwyddonwyr yn yr Iseldiroedd am weld y toiled meicrodon yn disodli'r toiled fflysh
They've toiled at home to some of the lesser lights but on the road have been more reliable.
Summary: England's Ashes hopefuls, Tim Bresnan, Chris Tremlett and Ajmal Shahzad, toiled on day two of the warm-up game versus Victoria.
IAN BELL last night defended the English bowlers vying for a Test place after they toiled to knock over Victoria.
Wacey Rabbit is still playing in a hockey league called the AHL, but it's not the North American-based American Hockey League, where he toiled the past four years.
You have toiled all your life and in that toil contributed to society yet today you're classed as second class citizens denied a decent pension and adequate care when age takes its toll.
The toiled together during gruelling negotiations between unionists and nationalists, like the 1998 Good Friday Agreement, in a bid to clear obstacles blocking the process.
More important, as the Kings try to build with youth, Armstrong is an excellent teammate, an ego-free guy who toiled in the minors for almost a decade but made himself into an NHL player.
Barred from most trades, they toiled as manual workers and domestic servants.
This is most telling at the end of his life, when Franklin was willing to support the Pennsylvania Abolition Society even as he toiled to keep the issue of slavery hidden within the U.
Also in pursuit of a Hollywood dream, he toiled and networked for 20 years in California before eventually forming Lee Daniels Entertainment (www.
Mario Gushiken toiled as a factory worker in Japan from 1986 to 1990, and today, he owns six large construction materials stores in Sao Paulo.