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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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Writing in his book The Real Peaky Blinders, Billy Kimber, the Birmingham gang and the Racecourse Wars of the 1920s, Birmingham historian Professor Carl Chinn, says: "On April 8, 1872, the Birmingham Daily Post drew attention to a riot by the Slogging Gang.
As well as hurting people in the process, and insulting passers-by, the slogging gangs' escapades were to become more violent.
"Eighteen months later, Thomas Joyce was named as the Captain of the Allinson Street Slogging gang and in late September 1874 he and an Andrew Toy brought a charge of violent assault against a William Smallwood.
Slogging had first come to notice two years before.
Numbering 400 strong, they termed themselves the slogging gang.
It was apparent that slogging had not emerged suddenly.
It was now clear that slogging gangs were increasingly associated with certain streets noted for their tough youths - and that as well as attacking the police and innocent bystanders these organised gangs were fighting each other.
WHEN you're slogging away at the gym you might well ask yourself if it's really worth it.
But the dancers' slogging persistence projects dutiful obedience to their choreographic taskmaster rather than joy.
SUPERMARKET fish is being supplied by illegal workers slogging up to 16 hours straight for little pay.
"It's time we were given credit for slogging away and winning.
Dawson shot in for a typically visionary try after just five minutes, and Paul Grayson's conversion gave Northampton control of a low-scoring, slogging contest.