work like a dog/slave/Trojan

work like a dog

To work very hard. The phrase sometimes implies that the work is demeaning. I've been out here working like a dog while you sit inside sipping lemonade. Can you maybe lend a hand? I worked like a dog all summer to earn enough cash to buy my guitar, and it was all worth it.
See also: dog, like, work

work like a slave

To work very intensely for a long or continuous period of time, especially doing something thankless or menial. The boss had us working like slaves to get the project ready on time. I worked like a slave the entire summer after high school to earn enough cash to buy my first guitar. I've been out here working like a slave while you sit inside sipping lemonade. Could you maybe lend me a hand?
See also: like, slave, work

work like a Trojan

To work very intensely for a long or continuous period of time, especially doing something thankless or menial. The boss had us working like Trojans to get the project ready on time. I worked like a Trojan the entire summer after high school to earn enough cash to buy my first guitar. I've been out here working like a Trojan while you sit inside sipping lemonade. Could you maybe lend me a hand?
See also: like, Trojan, work

work like a Trojan

work extremely hard.
1974 Winifred Foley A Child in the Forest She put me to clean out all the fowls' cotes, and I worked at it like a Trojan.
See also: like, Trojan, work

ˌwork like a ˈdog/ˈslave/ˈTrojan

(informal) work very hard: She worked like a slave to pass her exams. OPPOSITE: not do a stroke (of work)
See also: dog, like, slave, Trojan, work