the sweat of (one's) brow

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the sweat of (one's) brow

One's own personal efforts or hard work. It's due to the sweat of my father's brow that a barren, fallow little plot of land was transformed into the flourishing farm you see today. This pair of entrepreneurs has created a billion-dollar company by the sweat of their brows.
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sweat of (one's) brow

Hard work: landscaped the yard by the sweat of my brow.
See also: brow, of, sweat
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Don't do nothing to keep back from a honest man the fruits of the sweat of his brow! I give information, then, that he told me that he done it.
The poor human creature has given the sweat of his brow to extort from an ungrateful soil his daily bread; and now he eats that well-savoured bread in silent self-respect.
Thorns and thistles grew up and man had to work in heat, cold and by the sweat of his brow he ate his daily bread.
Mirza Aijaz Beg said that his grandfather spent all his life inking books by the sweat of his brow, by blood toil and by burning midnight oil.
Sy earned his first million from the sweat of his brow - he didn't inherit it as a senorito would, but even at the tender age of 25, as Mr.
Growth in his company has been through the sweat of his brow and his winning personality, always willing to go the extra mile to get the mission accomplished.
Caption: They take it (taxes) from the people, then give it back to certain people; in this way government controls the winners and losers; the people stupidly think the governor got them this money, from the sweat of his brow. Had he cut taxes by a billion for this area, the people would be much farther ahead.
Him Indoors built it with the sweat of his brow and a lot of Portland stone.
Carragher isthe country's outstanding illustration of a footballer who has hauled his way to the very top by the sweat of his brow.
Banished from Paradise, poor Adam had henceforth to toil in the sweat of his brow.
In the words of the Declaration, "to secure these Rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just Powers from the Consent of the Governed." For example, since God has given to man the right to acquire and to control property "by the sweat of his brow," it follows that properly constituted government must protect that right.