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a glutton for punishment

A person who continues to do things whose consequences they find difficult or unpleasant. I couldn't wait to finish college, but I soon found myself in grad school. I must be a glutton for punishment. Why does George keep getting detention? Is he a glutton for punishment?
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glutton for punishment

Fig. someone who is eager for a burden or some sort of difficulty; someone willing to accept a difficult task. Tom works too hard. He is a glutton for punishment. I enjoy managing difficult projects, but I am a glutton for punishment.
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glutton for punishment

Someone who habitually takes on burdensome or unpleasant tasks or unreasonable amounts of work. For example, Rose agreed to organize the church fair for the third year in a row-she's a glutton for punishment . This expression originated as a glutton for work in the late 1800s, punishment being substituted about a century later.
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a glutton for punishment

If someone is a glutton for punishment, they keep on doing something which most people would find unpleasant or difficult. As well as the early starts riding and late nights working, this glutton for punishment is also studying for a degree. I know it's a big job to take on, but then I've always been a glutton for punishment. Note: A glutton is a greedy person.
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a glutton for punishment

a person who is always eager to undertake hard or unpleasant tasks.
Glutton of — was used figuratively from the early 18th century for someone inordinately fond of the thing specified, especially when translating the Latin phrase helluo librorum ‘a glutton of books’. The possible origin of the present phrase is in early 19th-century sporting slang.
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a ˌglutton for ˈpunishment, ˈwork, etc.

(informal) a person who seems to like doing unpleasant or difficult things: You’re going to drive all the way to London and back in a day? You’re a glutton for punishment, aren’t you?She’s a glutton for work. She stays late every evening.
A glutton is a person who is too fond of food. In this idiom, it refers to a person who seems to be very fond of the thing mentioned.
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References in classic literature ?
Did you think the punishment would be withheld because you are the wife of him who pronounces it?
That punishment, the public punishment of disgrace, should in a just measure attend his share of the offence is, we know, not one of the barriers which society gives to virtue.
I did, I did the Lord gave me the feeling, as a punishment for my sins
There are many awful passages in these pages, Ishmael," she said, when the volume was opened, and the leaves were slowly turning under her finger, "and some there ar' that teach the rules of punishment.
Satisfied now, that the fate of her brother was sealed, and possibly conscious how well he merited the punishment that was meditated, she no longer thought of mediation.
The immediate apprehensions of the kidnapper were quieted, by an assurance that he might yet live for days, though his punishment was inevitable.
Submitted through advocates Fazal Khan, Muhammad Ayaz, Shahab Khattak and barrister Amirullah Khan, the appeals challenged all those court decisions in which Imran Ali, [who was given awarded dead penalty by the ATC in Abbottabad] has been acquitted and asked for the increase of his punishment.
Whether a "smack" amounts to reasonable punishment will depend on the circumstances of each case, taking into consideration factors like the age of the child and the nature of the smack, according to legal experts.
CORPORAL punishment of children is a violation of fundamental human rights as it violates the right to respect for human dignity and physical integrity.
It is vital to mention here that several strange punishments had been awarded by Karachi Sub-ordinate courts as one suspect was awarded punishment of standing on road with holding play card.
It may be the result of physical abuse and punishment that he or she is subjected to at home, researchers have found.
Shaikh Khalid explained that judges will have to first determine the jail term and then replace it with an alternative punishment, if the crime carries a sentence not exceeding one year.
While the controversial practice of corporal punishment declines, it remains legal in 19 states.
This article addresses the impact of corporal punishment and its imprints on the 'psychological being' of a student.