slave away

slave away

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
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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.
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slave away

v.
To work very hard or persistently: I've been slaving away in the garden. The accountant slaved away on the tax returns.
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slave away

verb
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And while many slave away at the gym or go on long runs, Mosley says just two minutes of intense exercise a week is all you need.
She is one of six celebs filming the BBC's extreme show, 24 Hours in the Past, and will slave away at some of the period's worst jobs.
Dobby had to slave away in the kitchens at Hogwarts but Marcliffe owner Stewart Spence says he's now happily retired.
English - and Welsh - winemakers, who slave away in our marginal climate to grow their grapes against all the odds, are understandably worried that consumers may well mistake "British" for home-grown "English" wine, deflecting their sales and giving 'real' English wine a bad name.
Sure I can slave away for years playing Shield cricket.
There was no way that I was going to the local supermarket to buy all the ingredients and then slave away in front of the stove.
THE misery of life in a Chinese sweatshop is chillingly revealed by Chun Wong, 18, who travelled 700 miles from her home to slave away at one of the Guangdong plants.
While their owners slave away at work, dogs romp through an air-conditioned facility, play with toys, sleep and get generally pampered.
His policy is also morally corrupt, relying as it does on Chinese workers' willingness to slave away all week for a meagre pounds 17.
Those people -the majority,I imagine, young people -who slave away in restaurants across Merseyside for probably not a great deal of money (and zeropublicity) will probably be pleased that we all now know how hard they have to work to feed our bellies
Still, these brands have their downside, and Beaudoin uses the metaphor of the Body of Christ to unveil the connection between the bodies of young customers branded by these companies and the impoverished and oppressed bodies of the (often young) workers who slave away in sweatshops owned of run by these companies.
A group of girls, led by 16-year-old Katie Smith, gave up their lunch breaks to slave away in the school's design and technology department.
Does he feel he is above the mundane, while expecting his councillors to slave away, carrying out the implementation of a new council structure he himself pushed for?
I was reminded, upon being told of this underground system, of Herman Melville's story, "The Paradise of Bachelors and the Tartarus of Maids," in which a society of prosperous, pampered white businessmen lounge in an urban men's-club environment while, below them, in an underground factory/sweatshop world very similar to Disney's underground workplaces, an army of young working-class women slave away to produce the commodities and services upon which the "bachelors" thrive.
Perhaps someone should remind them that it's not as if they are having to slave away at a real job together on a basic wage.