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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When the famished wretches are cut off in this manner from their natural supplies, they are told by their benefactors to work and earn their support by the sweat of their brows! But to no fine gentleman born to hereditary opulence, does this manual labour come more unkindly than to the luxurious Indian when thus robbed of the bounty of heaven.
There were few people in developed economies still earning incomes from the sweat of their brows. Human physiognomy also changed, especially when the Industrial Revolution's full potential was realised.
The Israelis soon turned the desert green with compensation monies and the sweat of their brows, but one could always sense their dissatisfaction, their dream coming true when the King of Jordan unwisely was persuaded by President Nasser that they could drive the Israelis out of Israel, culminating in the Israeli gains of the Six-Day War in June 1967.
DAY The sweat of their brows built the university colleges and made possible the aspirations of generations of Welsh people.
They have to earn money by the sweat of their brows, not by unscrupulous means.
But I do know that stinging the rich parasites in our society would also sting a whole lot of wealth creators, honest hard-working folk who have become wealthy by the sweat of their brows, and in doing so have provided jobs and boosted our economy.
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