by the sweat of (one's) brow

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by the sweat of (one's) brow

Through or because of one's own efforts or hard work. By the sweat of his brow, my father turned a barren little plot of land into the flourishing farm you see today. This pair of entrepreneurs has created a billion-dollar company by the sweat of their brow.
See also: brow, of, sweat

by the sweat of one's brow

Fig. by one's efforts; by one's hard work. Tom raised these vegetables by the sweat of his brow. Sally polished the car by the sweat of her brow.
See also: brow, of, sweat

by the sweat of your brow

LITERARY
If you earn the money that you live on by the sweat of your brow, you earn it through doing hard physical work. Most people are no longer earning their bread by the sweat of their brow.
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by the sweat of your brow

by your own hard work, typically manual labour.
This idiom is often used with reference to God's sentence on Adam after the Fall, condemning him to work for his food: ‘In the sweat of thy face shalt thou eat bread’ (Genesis 3:19).
See also: brow, of, sweat

by the sweat of your ˈbrow

(literary) by your own hard work or physical effort: They had to live by the sweat of their brow.
See also: brow, of, sweat
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As work wraps up at dusk, the tired youth retire home, heads held up high, with a dignity only those who live by the sweat of their brow can understand.
Miracles do happen; but they rarely come for ordinary people, who eke out a living by the sweat of their brow, doing very ordinary things every day (extraordinarily well).
During those years not only was the slavery in Egypt repealed but the curse of Adam suspended: they had no need to earn their bread by the sweat of their brow.
For that they are driven out of the Garden of Eden and, forever more, men will earn their bread by the sweat of their brow and women will bear their children in sorrow and be ruled by their husbands.
Because "capital was organized for its own purposes in wealth," Lynch believed "working men must then organize in self-defence, that they would gain by the sweat of their brow enough to enable them to work and to support their families.
In New York, Los Angeles, Miami and other cities, there is an entire class of people who serve by the sweat of their brow, cleaning homes, doing yardwork and fixing things.
But more than a job, it's a lifeline to the future for Bolanos and 52 other, mostly older CCC members in Ventura County who are finding their way into the mainstream of society by the sweat of their brow.
They have to earn money by the sweat of their brows, not by unscrupulous means.
It was only by the sweat of their brows that the top anglers on the day came into the extensive list of prize winners.