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
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"However, the sword makers at Shotley Bridge were indifferent to all this, and simply laboured away until eventually they escaped the control of the money men, set up their own guild and guildhall, and made one of the families very rich indeed.
Average sides have laboured away to contain Boro then sliced through to score with devastating counters.
David Cameron trusted him to helm the Downing St policy unit and he then quietly laboured away in a series of Whitehall postings.
The odd part was that while one partner laboured away on the diaper, the other held an iPad up for this eight-month-old to watch a cartoon.
However, as Southampton laboured away after running out of the soft free-kicks they were getting in the first half, it was either going to take something spectacular or barmy to get them back.
Players who have laboured away for the majority of the matches in France have found goals hard to come by and before yesterday's games Sporting Index's quote for total tournament goals had dropped from 123-125.5 at the start to just 112-114.
AL STROKOSCH 7 Laboured away doing the dirty work during a crucial stage when the Americans were on top.
Strachan has his own cautionary tale from May 1991 when Scotland laboured away to international newcomers San Marino in a European qualifier before the then Leeds mid-fielder broke the deadlock from the spot in the 63rd minute, on their way to a 2-0 win.
Marcus Tregoning's ve-year-old was disappointing in the International Stakes at Ascot on Saturday, but the ground was probably not quick enough for him as he laboured away in mid-division.
Chefs laboured away behind swing doors and were judged on the quality of their food rather than the cut of their jib, the hilarity of their soundbites or their ability to perform pseudo-sexual acts with spoons of chocolate mousse.
Based in an office in the Diwan of Royal Court, Hilal laboured away, translating typed manuscripts of speeches into elegant calligraphy.
Palissy laboured away with his wild endeavours for almost two decades, impoverishing his family and himself in the process, before any real recognition or monetary reward came his way.
They laboured away for six hours in 38 degrees heat, but they spent valuable time at the crease before the first of three Tests starts on March 1.
"We have laboured away for years and given our time and efforts freely for the good of the parade and for the good of the city.
Jordan Hugill laboured away manfully but was left isolated and he fired his one good chance against the bar.