work (one's) soul case out

work (one's) soul case out

dated To do as much hard physical labor as one's body can withstand. ("Soul case" is a slang term for body.) A man should not be expected to work his soul case out all day long and not earn enough money to feed himself and his family.
See also: case, out, soul, work

work the soul case out of

put someone under severe stress.
See also: case, of, out, soul, work