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
See also: away, slave
Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

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.
See also: away, slave
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

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.
See also: away, slave
The American Heritage® Dictionary of Phrasal Verbs. Copyright © 2005 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

slave away

verb
See also: away, slave

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.
See also: away, slave, something
McGraw-Hill's Dictionary of American Slang and Colloquial Expressions Copyright © 2006 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc. All rights reserved.
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It does not mean 'condemning young people to slave away in a business which destroys their soul,' as a 20-something, desperately unhappy third-generation scion of a well-known retail family clan puts it.
At the end, we are just a finished product newly out of a factory, to slave away at a 9 to 5 job every day, for the rest of our lives.
You may be nursing a hangover from the night before or you are out and about and do not want to slave away over a hot stove.
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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.
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?'