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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.
See also: away, slave, something
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'We have heard stories about white men who made the powerful guns and the strong drinks and took slaves away across the seas, but no one thought the stories were true.'
Meanwhile, Sam slaves away hauling clubs next to egotistical caddy Chip Swanson, a popular high school senior who makes it known that he's just as good as any of the pros.
CORONATION STREET (7:30pm) WHILE Gail slaves away over the happy family dinner party for Nick and Leanne, David is having a much easier time of it stirring up trouble between Leanne and Eva.
True to their words, Emma and Dexter stay in touch as he travels the world while she slaves away in a Mexican restaurant in London.
True to their words, Emma and Dexter stay in touch throughout the years as he travels around the world while she slaves away in a Mexican restaurant in London.
True to their words, the two friends stay in touch throughout the next few years, as Dex travels around the world while Emma slaves away in a Mexican restaurant in London.
NO PAIN NO GAIN Gwynnie slaves away in the gym and, bottom left, on Oprah
"They were basically saying 'Sorry we're taking these slaves away', even though they treated them lower than humanity.
And for several days beforehand, Betty slaves away in the kitchen, this year serving up 16 apple pies, 84 cheese scones, 72 cakes and other goodies.
It depicts the 'nobody' Seymour Krelborn who slaves away in a Skid Row flower shop.
The Freedom Center will capitalize on Cincinnati's past as a pivotal point on the 19th century `Underground Railroad', as the system of secretly shuttling slaves away from the plantations of the South was known.
Fear of insurrection prompted Southern planters to caution one another on the importance of keeping slaves away from Fourth of July orations and other patriotic events where they might be inspired by the defiant glory of the nation's beginnings.
Likewise, Al, although off-the-wall with his slobbishness and sexism, slaves away as a shoe salesman at a mall, lives in a small house, and suffers through his wife's and his children's insults.
True to their words, the two friends Emma and Dexter stay in touch throughout the next few years, as Dex travels around the world while Em slaves away in a Mexican restaurant in London.
She slaves away all week in a betting shop - and slaves away all week at home, looking after Stone Age man Barry, her professional gambler husband.