go back to the salt mines

go back to the salt mines

To resume one's job or daily work, especially when it is very hard or unpleasant. (Workers in salt mines were often slaves and prisoners.) Sometimes used humorously. I'm not excited to go back to the salt mines on Monday. When do you have to go back to the salt mines after your trip?
See also: back, go, mine, salt

go back to the salt mines

Fig. to return to one's work. (Jocular; fig. on the image of menial labor working in salt mines.) It's late. I have to go back to the salt mines. What time do you have to go back to the salt mines Monday morning?
See also: back, go, mine, salt
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Other broadcast journalists who want to fast-track the necessary maturation process have to go back to the salt mines and eat humble pie-no shortcuts allowed!