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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, and 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 away

To work (on something) strenuously and continuously, especially for a long period of time. Sorry, I won't join you for lunch today—I've got too much to do, so I'm just going to keep slogging away. I've been slogging away at this report for the last three days. I'm just ready for it to be finished!
See also: away, slog

slog through

To work at or make progress through something at a sluggish, strenuous pace, especially for a long period of time. We had to slog through nearly a mile of swamp before we reached solid ground. I've been slogging through this really dense book about economic theory for my college course.
See also: slog, through

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

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flog your guts out

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slog your guts out

INFORMAL
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

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

slog through

v.
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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I've had to work really hard to show people I can be more than just a Twenty20 slogger.
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.
The ground is not necessarily to his liking but he's a slogger.
Instead you try out a slogger (at opening) just to gamble on him - Imran Nazir, he's a slogger," he said.
Favourite Adil Anvar from Leeds was an impressive winner against Scottish slogger Barry Harrison.
But the star slogger is adamant England's batsmen will be better prepared for the swinging Kookaburra ball come Sunday.
I like to think I can hit the ball hard but I don't like to see myself as a slogger.
The newspapers called me all sorts of things - I was porker, fat slogger, you name it.
It would be wrong to dismiss him as a mere slogger, however, and a back-foot drive through the covers hinted at a batsman of some talent.
LARGER-than-life West Indies slogger Chris Gayle is known for sending many a cricket ball into orbit while planted at the crease.
Of the rest, Casey Top comes here off the back of a great effort in the Galway Plate, but I have my doubts about him under a big weight at this trip and in this ground, while Alpine Eagle has to prove he's a real slogger.
Slogger commented: "The treachery of our Government knows no bounds.
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.
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.