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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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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.
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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.
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.
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.
As a result, an experienced, qualified teacher is sitting reading the paper while his colleagues slave away at the chalkface.
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.