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slog (one's) guts out

To put a great amount of effort into something; to work very hard at something. I slogged my guts out for a few years as a court messenger for a legal firm while I finished up my law degree, but they eventually offered me a job as an attorney. There's nothing more disheartening than to slog your guts out on an assignment, only for the computer to crash and delete all your work.
See also: gut, out, slog

slog through something

to wade or trudge through something, such as mud or snow. Do I have to slog through the snow to go to school? Can't you drive me? When I was your age, I slogged through snow twice this deep to get to school.
See also: slog, through

work your guts out


flog your guts out


slog your guts out

If you work your guts out, flog your guts out or slog your guts out, you work very hard. These women were amazing. They worked their guts out from 7.30 to 4.30 every day, often all evening and weekend too if they had families. I've been slogging my guts out for months, trying to get this project finished.
See also: gut, out, work

slog/sweat/work your ˈguts out

(informal) work very hard: I’ve slogged my guts out digging this ditch, and I’m completely exhausted.You sweat your guts out all your life and what do you get when you retire? Next to nothing. OPPOSITE: not do a stroke (of work)
See also: gut, out, slog, sweat, work

ˌslog/ˌslug it ˈout

(British English, informal) (of people, organizations, competitors, etc.) fight very hard until one person or group finally wins: The boxers slugged it out to the finish.The two teams will slog it out for second place.
In this idiom, slug and slog are both informal words meaning ‘to hit very hard’.
See also: out, slog, slug

slog away

To work diligently for a lengthy period of time: The student slogged away on the algebra assignment.
See also: away, slog

slog through

To walk or progress through something with a slow heavy pace: The explorers slogged through the swamp. I slogged through both volumes of the author's philosophical writings.
See also: slog, through
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It doesn't bother me if people think I am unorthodox, a slogger, a hacker or a monkey.
e Trojan could hardly be called good looking, being a fair and square, boxy slogger in the delivery league and because of being a bit of a footsoldier is sometimes overlooked today.
Milburn put his weight to good use with his prodigious hitting, but to call him a slogger would do his talent a massive injustice.
Instead you try out a slogger (at opening) just to gamble on him - Imran Nazir, he's a slogger," he said.
They romped to a seven-wicket success in the final ODI at Trent Bridge on Wednesday, and then triumphed by the same margin at the Riverside on Saturday even though they rested run machine Hashim Amla and the leading wicket-taker in this year's IPL Morne Morkel in the process of introducing proven performers such as Johan Botha and Albie Morkel and slogger Richard Levi.
Favourite Adil Anvar from Leeds was an impressive winner against Scottish slogger Barry Harrison.
Cliff, of course, and Gerald Davies and Tom David and the man who might just be the most fondly-remembered Penarth player of all, Bernard Templeman, known throughout the rugby world as Slogger.
Shane Lowry plays a bit as well - although he hasn't got much of a batting technique, he's a lot more of a slogger than me.
But the star slogger is adamant England's batsmen will be better prepared for the swinging Kookaburra ball come Sunday.
The Gateshead's fast bowler's big contribution instead came with an excellent boot-high catch running in from third man to dismiss Yorkshire's chief slogger, Gerard Brophy, for two.
Those who dismiss the Somerset man as a slogger are selling him some way short.
The newspapers called me all sorts of things - I was porker, fat slogger, you name it.
Slogger commented: "The treachery of our Government knows no bounds.
Stamina won him the day on that occasion and that quality was well in evidence again as he stayed on strongly once in front, but he is much more than a slogger.
They are sure to name Warner today as Phillip Hughes's opening partner for the first Test at the Gabba, completing the 25-year-old's transformation from typecast Twenty20 slogger to pluralistic run machine.