work (one's) tail off

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work (one's) tail off

To work really hard (on or at something). I know you thought it was just a silly New Year's resolution, but I've been working my tail off at the gym! Sally and Jim work their tails off when we hold our user conference—I don't know what I'd do without them!
See also: off, tail, work

work one's tail off

 and work one's buns off; work one's ass off; work one's butt off
Inf. Fig. to work very hard. (Use caution with butt.) I worked my tail off to get done on time. You spend half your life working your butt off—and for what?
See also: off, tail, work
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They've worked their tail off - they've been well-organised, disciplined, effective in lots of key areas to negate a lot of the play that MK Dons have and we've caused a few problems ourselves.
It's a situation where you feel like those guys came in here and developed and did the right things and worked their tail off.
We had a good financial year, and employees have worked their tail off,'' director Shirley Sayles said.