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a glutton for punishment

A person who continues to do things whose consequences they find difficult or unpleasant. I couldn't wait to finish college, but I soon found myself in grad school. I must be a glutton for punishment. Why does George keep getting detention? Is he a glutton for punishment?
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glutton for punishment

Fig. someone who is eager for a burden or some sort of difficulty; someone willing to accept a difficult task. Tom works too hard. He is a glutton for punishment. I enjoy managing difficult projects, but I am a glutton for punishment.
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glutton for punishment

Someone who habitually takes on burdensome or unpleasant tasks or unreasonable amounts of work. For example, Rose agreed to organize the church fair for the third year in a row-she's a glutton for punishment . This expression originated as a glutton for work in the late 1800s, punishment being substituted about a century later.
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a glutton for punishment

If someone is a glutton for punishment, they keep on doing something which most people would find unpleasant or difficult. As well as the early starts riding and late nights working, this glutton for punishment is also studying for a degree. I know it's a big job to take on, but then I've always been a glutton for punishment. Note: A glutton is a greedy person.
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a glutton for punishment

a person who is always eager to undertake hard or unpleasant tasks.
Glutton of — was used figuratively from the early 18th century for someone inordinately fond of the thing specified, especially when translating the Latin phrase helluo librorum ‘a glutton of books’. The possible origin of the present phrase is in early 19th-century sporting slang.
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a ˌglutton for ˈpunishment, ˈwork, etc.

(informal) a person who seems to like doing unpleasant or difficult things: You’re going to drive all the way to London and back in a day? You’re a glutton for punishment, aren’t you?She’s a glutton for work. She stays late every evening.
A glutton is a person who is too fond of food. In this idiom, it refers to a person who seems to be very fond of the thing mentioned.
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glutton for punishment, a

A masochist, a person who seeks out odious or onerous tasks, or habitually takes on more than is reasonable. The earliest version of this term was a glutton for work and dates from the latter part of the nineteenth century. It was used by Kipling in his story A Day’s Work (1895): “He’s honest, and a glutton for work.” Whether work is viewed as punishment or not is clearly up to the viewer. The OED, which cites a glutton for punishment only in 1971, makes no such judgment.
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Because people keep jamming junk food down their gullets the service in Wales has to spend a fortune on such "necessities" as reinforced mortuary trolleys and beds, bigger operating tables and wheelchairs, blood pressure cuffs and ambulances as well as actually making alterations to hospitals to accommodate gargantuan gluttons substituting gastric bands for willpower.
The Book Gluttons from London were awarded second place.
The fat suit was born as a sign of the redundancy of post-scarcity excess; just the addition of a wafer-thin mint illustrated--in the most disgusting and graphic way--the exact point where super-tanker gluttons became fabulous foodies, their rib cages exposed like shipwrecks.
Visit any Christian bookstore and you will see that they are gluttons for learning of a certain kind.
The Energy Saving Trust urged 'energy gluttons' to take steps to reduce waste by adopting energy-saving measures, such as upgrading to energy saving appliances and installing energy-saving light bulbs.
So why are we supposed to be excited about corporate America further invading our industry, about us being the next course on the gluttons' plates?
In the winter many of us become gluttons for Vitamin C.
Nowhere in the Bible does it say to give alms to the rich and bread to the gluttons. Nowhere does it say to beat ploughshares into swords.
"They wer gluttons for punishment if tha asks me, especially wen it wer sooa warm tha could frah an egg on t' pavement.
Gluttons scored a victory recently when Kraft Foods Inc.
Gluttons for punishment can read the new regulations the Department of Labor's website, www.dol.gov/fairpay.
Some gluttons for punishment are even eschewing cars, buses and taxis to travel the 1200 kilometer Shikoku pilgrimage the original way.
(Note that the two goods which modesty protects are "the intimate centre of the person" and "the mystery of persons and their love": Catechism, 2521-22.) Contemporary gluttons for punishment further exchange truth for a lie, worship the creature, and are stripped at an even deeper level: they lose God-given protection from the disjunction within man, personally and socially, of love and life.
Besides, there is a strong cultural belief that men who are gluttons rarely make hardworking farmers.
Above all, he knew how to speak a language that everyone understood, railing against the "special interests," the "rich man's tax bill," and "the gluttons of privilege" In an important farm-belt speech at Dexter, Iowa, he accused the Republicans of "sticking a pitchfork in the farmer's back."