labor away (at something)

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labor away (at something)

To work very hard or diligently (to accomplish something). I've been laboring away at my Ph.D. for nearly four years now. Pat always spends his Saturdays laboring away in the back garden.
See also: away, labor
References in classic literature ?
When he cast off the Patriarch at night, it was only to take an anonymous craft in tow, and labour away afresh in other waters.
Yes, Boro had to labour away to break down a team out to frustrate and for long spells it was a grind.
I mean, secreting oneself - in full camouflage - up a tree while inept, chainsaw-welding wannabe arborists labour away below takes a certain type of bravery - or stupidity, not sure which.
Under pressure from his own lawmakers for pulling Labour away from the centre ground from where it won three elections under Tony Blair, Corbyn has also launched Labour's local election campaign, saying the party was spurred by anger about the Conservatives "running our country down".
As the volunteers labour away, the clock is ticking on the Star & Shadow's Crowdfunder campaign, aimed at raising PS50,000 "to build a bigger, better community cinema and arts space in Newcastle".
Similarly, for all Blue Labour's insistence that liberalism was Labour's enemy not its ally--an individualistic creed that dragged Labour away from its roots in collective action--an emphasis on a mutualist, localised politics actually fits quite well with the traditions of the Liberal Party.
The movement of labour away from farms and into cities has also created a need for mechanisation.
Salveson seeks to encourage Labour away from the centralism and statism that remained evident in New Labour in spite of its rhetoric of decentralisation.
You can rustle up a coverless, warts-and-all notepad for shopping lists and daily plans in under 30 minutes, or labour away at a work of art with specially bought paper for a day or more.
"He's moved Labour away from the centre ground and come up with no solutions to the something for nothing culture that he helped Labour create."
Not if it's going to poach overnight stays, spending and labour away from existing.
They can promise the customer the world, and some poor store clerk, programmer or carpenter must then labour away throughout the night to deliver.
Now, all the building contractors in Bahrain will have to move their labour away from initial construction and fit out the villas and apartments that are all way behind schedule.
I lived and worked in the African bush for four years - I gave birth to my previous child there and even some of the African hospitals with rudimentary health care would not turn a woman in labour away! And certainly a woman suffering suspected complications like Alanna would have been directed to one place where the 'experts' were.
The simple truth is that for most of the time in most matches the players labour away without achieving anything.