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be a slave to (something)
To be unduly influenced by or care too much about something; to spend too much or time or energy on something. Jeremy is a total slave to fashion. He can't leave the house without making sure every part of his outfit matches perfectly. I wish Sarah would relax a bit more over the weekend. She's a total slave to her job.
See also: slave
what did your last slave die of
An expression of irritation, exasperation, or discontent to someone who is being imperious or makes excessive or unreasonable demands on one. Bill: "Darren, I need you to pick up my dry cleaning before lunch, then arrange for a taxi to pick me up at five o'clock." Darren: "Sheesh, what did your last slave die of?" Bill: "Excuse me? One more outburst like that and you're fired!" Dad: "Sally, take out the garbage like your mother asks." Sally: "All right already! Gosh, what did your last slave die of?"
better be an old man's darling than a young man's slave
It is better for a woman to marry an old man who treats her well than a controlling young man. If anyone says that Lord Alistair is too old for you, just remember: better be an old man's darling than a young man's slave.
be a slave of (something)
To be unduly influenced by or care too much about something; to spend too much or time or energy on something. Jeremy is a total slave of fashion. He can't leave the house without making sure every part of his outfit is perfect.
slave over a hot stove
To spend a lot of time and effort preparing and cooking a meal. I spent all day slaving over a hot stove, and now you say you aren't hungry?
To work strenuously and continuously (doing something). I slave away over a hot stove all afternoon, and you can't even be bothered to finish what's on your plate? I've been slaving away at this report for the last three days. I'm just ready for it to be finished! I refuse to slave away for minimum wage
work like a beaver
To work very intently, persistently, and assiduously. A reference to beavers' reputation of being extremely industrious. I worked like a beaver the entire summer after high school to earn enough cash to buy my first guitar. The kids are all working like beavers to get the pageant ready in time.
work like a slave
To work very intensely for a long or continuous period of time, especially doing something thankless or menial. The boss had us working like slaves to get the project ready on time. I worked like a slave the entire summer after high school to earn enough cash to buy my first guitar. I've been out here working like a slave while you sit inside sipping lemonade. Could you maybe lend me a hand?
slang An area where day laborers gather to be hired by a prospective employer. Potentially offensive. I'm just out of prison with no experience or qualifications. Where else am I going to find work other than the slave market?
slave over (something)
To spend a lot of time working strenuously and continuously on or at something. I know you were slaving over your project for weeks, so I'm delighted to hear that you got such great marks on it from your teachers. I slave over a computer for eight hours a day, so the last thing I want to do when I get home is sit in front of another one. Kids, I spent nearly three hours slaving over a hot stove getting this dinner ready, so by God, you're going to eat it!
Better be an old man's darling than a young man's slave.
Prov. A young woman should prefer to marry an old man who dotes on her rather than a young man who may treat her badly. When Mr. Nash proposed to me, I thought he was too old, but my mother advised me, "Better be an old man's darling than a young man's slave." When Marion's friends objected that her fiance was much too old for her, she said, "Better be an old man's darling than a young man's slave."
slave away (at something)
Fig. to work very hard (doing something). I'm tired of slaving away at this and getting nowhere. I'm slaving away for $7.00 an hour and have no prospects for the future.
slave over something
Fig. to stand over something, working at it very hard, typically cooking over a hot stove. I've been slaving over this hot stove for hours to cook this meal! Ted slaved over his special dessert for hours.
*slave to something
Fig. someone who is under the control of something; someone whose time or attention is controlled or "owned by" by something. (Fig. on being a slave to a person. *Typically: be ~; become ~.) Mary is a slave to her job. Bill is a slave to his drug addiction.
See also: slave
work like a beaverand work like a mule; work like a horse; work like a slave
Fig. to work very hard. She has an important deadline coming up, so she's been working like a beaver. You need a vacation. You work like a slave in that kitchen. I'm too old to work like a horse. I'd prefer to relax more.
work like a beaver
Also, work like a dog or horse or Trojan . Work very energetically and hard, as in She worked like a beaver to clean out all the closets, or I've been working like a dog weeding the garden, or He's very strong and works like a horse. The first of these similes is the oldest, first recorded in 1741; the variants date from the second half of the 1800s. Also see work one's fingers to the bone.
work like a beaverwork steadily and industriously. informal
The beaver is referred to here because of the industriousness with which it constructs the dams necessary for its aquatic dwellings. The image is similarly conjured up by the phrase beaver away meaning ‘work hard’.
slave over a hot stovework very hard preparing a meal. informal
be a slave to/of somethingbe a person whose life is completely controlled by something, for example a habit, a job, an interest, etc: She’s a slave to fashion; she’s always buying new clothes.
ˌwork like a ˈdog/ˈslave/ˈTrojan(informal) work very hard: She worked like a slave to pass her exams. OPPOSITE: not do a stroke (of work)
To work very hard or persistently: I've been slaving away in the garden. The accountant slaved away on the tax returns.
slave away (at something)
in. to work very hard (doing something). I’m slaving away for $7 an hour and have no prospects for the future.
n. a job market where many candidates for jobs come face to face with potential employers. I gotta go to the annual slave market this year. We’re hiring for a change.