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labor of love

Work that is done for pleasure rather than money. Katherine spends all of her free time knitting baby clothes for her friends. It must be a labor of love.
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labor of love

Fig. a task that is either unpaid or badly paid and that one does simply for one's own satisfaction or pleasure or to please someone whom one likes or loves. Jane made no money out of the biography she wrote. She was writing about the life of a friend and the book was a labor of love. Mary hates knitting, but she made a sweater for her boyfriend. What a labor of love.
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labor of love

Work done for one's satisfaction rather than monetary reward. For example, The research took three years but it was a labor of love. This expression appears twice in the New Testament (Hebrews 6:10, Thessalonians 1:3), referring to those who do God's work as a labor of love. [c. 1600]
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a labour of love

COMMON A labour of love is a task that you do because you enjoy it or feel strongly that it is worth doing. Note: `Labour' is spelled `labor' in American English. There is no doubt that his debut novel is a labour of love, and obviously very close to his heart. They concentrated on restoring buildings such as the Victorian greenhouse, an expensive labour of love. Note: This appears in the Bible in 1 Thessalonians 1:3, `Remembering without ceasing your work of faith, and labour of love, and patience of hope in our Lord Jesus Christ'.
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a labour of love

a task done for the love of a person or for the work itself.
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a ˌlabour of ˈlove

a hard task that you do because you want to, not because it is necessary: This tablecloth is a real labour of love. It took her years to make it.
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labor of love, a

Work done for the pleasure of accomplishment or from personal interest rather than for monetary reward or from a sense of duty; this book, for example. The phrase appears in two Epistles of St. Paul in the New Testament, one to the Hebrews (6:10) and the other to the Thessalonians (1:3), both referring to the faithful who do God’s work as a labor of love.
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Their labor of love will surely earn them that long-sought Oscar.
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(It was for this reason that a wry, tattered checked jacket, vest, shirt, bow tie, and pants - all of 13 inches across was included in the New Museum of Contemporary Art's recent art/craft/outsider group show "A Labor of Love.") In an interview, the artist acknowledged another possible reading, the therapeutic power of handwork, and he did not deny that his difficult, abused childhood might call for what is commonly termed "healing." His core understanding of his work, however, corresponds to that of a precious few other workers, hurt or not, artist or not: work is LeDray's life, his seeding of the world, what he does best.
Carol Kidwell has clearly performed a labor of love in retracing Sannazaro's life and times, surveying his work with an appreciative eye, and recounting her enthusiasm in a highly readable yet scholarly and well documented book.
Haynes had, says Vachon, "no idea" that he would incur the Carpenter family's wrath when he crafted his labor of love over two summers at college.
For the Crosbys, caring for and maintaining the club is a labor of love. In addition to helping out with the maintenance, Corene also takes care of the landscaping, planting dozens of flowers every year.
New York's annual Outsider Art Fair, a recent effort to attract collectors and consolidate the value both of particular artists and the whole category, seems to have established itself; on the other hand, the New Museum of Contemporary Art's current show, "A Labor of Love," sets out to challenge "traditional definitions of fine art, folk art, outsider art, and craft" through a tactic of curatorial assemblage - a tactic of resemblance that sometimes backfires, fixing boundaries it seeks to erase.
Mayor Rudolf Giuliani said the Piers were a labor of love by chairman Roland Betts, "and labors of love always succeed." This will reaffirm New York City's status as the recreation capital of the world, the mayor added.
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And for the most comprehensive rundown we've seen yet on every known gay, lesbian, and bisexual television character--on American TV and otherwise--check out David Wyatt's labor of love at http://home.cc.umanitoba.ca/~wyatt/tv-characters.html.
The beauty of the book is that it's a labor of love, not a mere intellectual exercise.
Taking a different approach is Brad Graham, whose "Bradlands" site is a labor of love from one of the funniest gay men in St.