toil for

toil for someone

1. to work on behalf of someone or for someone's benefit. I don't mind toiling for her as long as she thanks me. I don't know why I toil for you. You are totally ungrateful.
2. to do someone else's work. I don't know why I should have to toil for you. Do your own work! I won't toil for him. He can do his own work.
See also: toil

toil for something

1. to work toward a particular goal or ideal. I am willing to toil for something I believe in. She spent the afternoon toiling for her favorite charity.
2. to work for a certain rate of pay. It's hard to toil for slave's wages. Do you expect me to toil endlessly for such low pay?
See also: toil
References in classic literature ?
Still Adrienne thought herself the obliged party, in times as critical as those which then hung over France, in being permitted to toil for a sum that would barely supply a grisette, accustomed all her life to privations, with the coarsest necessaries.
Then followed the frugal breakfast, when her commoner toil for the milliner succeeded.
Immigrant tree planters in Canada's British Columbia who were forced to toil for long hours without adequate food or shelter have been awarded a substantial judgement for their back-breaking work.
While daily shift work is the book's principal focus, Coleman has also done some consulting work with the extreme version -- "fly in/fly out" arrangements in remote areas, where workers toil for weeks at a stretch.
With much still to be done in Latin America, we hope our tribute to a select group of leaders will encourage those who toil for progress and prosperity in the region.
While most songwriters would be willing to sweat and toil for years to discover one perfectly crafted song, Merritt effortlessly unearths one gem after another from the vast treasure trove of his imagination.
Before their first job, many will toil for 5 years or more as postdoctoral scholars to gain further training or learn a new specialty.
Polish and other eastern-European workers are prepared to toil for a pittance in the shipyards of the old DDR - bringing down costs for huge contracts.