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toil for (someone or something)

1. To work continually and very strenuously for the benefit of someone else. I spent the summer toiling for my neighbor in order to save up for a new bike. I decided to start my own business so I wouldn't have to spend another day toiling for anyone else.
2. To work continually and very strenuously in order to accomplish or achieve something. The marginalized group has spent the last 20 years toiling for equality. Congratulations, everyone. We've all toiled long and hard for this day.
3. To work continually and very strenuously in return for something. The new farmhand toils for a place to sleep at night and three meals a day. He won't accept payment of any kind. I'm done toiling for just seven bucks an hour at this lousy restaurant.
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toil over (someone or something)

1. To work continually, diligently, and strenuously to complete something. I've been toiling over this project for weeks now, and it still feels like it's never going to be done.
2. Of a surgeon, to spend long, continuous hours operating on a patient. Our team toiled over him for nearly six hours, but in the end we weren't able to save his life. I'm so sorry.
See also: over, toil

toil up (something)

To climb something with great, prolonged, and continuous effort. We toiled up the mountain, hoping to reach the peak before noon. The crew will have to park down below and toil up the hill with all of their equipment.
See also: toil, up
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CARLTON COLE 2 Toiled as Celtic sought an equaliser.
He said no other prime minister had shared more cups of tea with him as they toiled through longs hours of negotiations.
Franklin toiled to subdue it as an issue, to remove it from the discussion of empire leading up to 1776, and then from the discussion of nation leading up to 1787.
I toiled in Germany's booming economy, earning a pittance, but remaining proud to have a job at all.
Masiello also said the move is a salute to the pioneers who toiled to make the country great, enduring overbearing hardships.
Even if he had toiled another seven years it is unlikely be would have found a workable way to compress so much storytelling into two hours.
It is also a slight to the rescue and relief workers who toiled there during that dreadful October day and for whom the memories will never die.
Mechanical Engineering has been there with the nano engineers who toiled in the back rooms years ago.
I'll not forget the hours he toiled to perfect his craft.
For instance, genetics pioneer Gregor Mendel couldn't afford to attend a university and so pursued his interests at a monastery, where he toiled with now-famous pea plants.
Hoggard struggled to make any inroads second time around while Durham fast bowler Steve Harmison also toiled hard without any success as the President's line-up reached 76-1 at tea on the final day of the three-day clash.
Often, these young men and women have been turned into migrants in their own because of poverty, or famines, or wars waged by others in the fields where their families have toiled for generations.
He toiled for years as a slave in the U.S., finally proving his identity by showing he could write in Arabic.
WARWICKSHIRE'S Ashley Giles uses a wet handkerchief to cool down as England toiled under the hot sun in the First Test against Sri Lanka at Galle today.
* Thousands of 19th-century miners, laborers, and hustlers toiled in the orerich hills of Leadville, Colorado, during its great silver boom.