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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.
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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

toil over someone or something

to work hard on someone or something. The doctors toiled over the patient for hours. Ken toiled over his model plane well into the night.
See also: over, toil

toil up something

to work hard to climb something steep. The hikers toiled up the slope slowly. As the bus toiled up the hill, we worried that the engine might be overheating.
See also: toil, up
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And since John XXIII, the church has argued that agricultural laborers and sweatshop employees toiling in the basement of our global village have these same rights.
A staff cafeteria, gym and employees' club occupy the top floor, to which salarymen can retreat when not toiling loyally in their regimented open-plan offices below.
As witnessed by Pistone, daily life for the rank-and-file mobster is as dreary as toiling on an assembly line.
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Ness worked for Lockheed, building B-17 bombers, like thousands of other ``Rosie the Riveters'' toiling in industry as the men were away fighting in World War II.
Monturiol, a "card-carrying, utopian communist," according to Stewart, hoped to make the oceans safe for all working-class people toiling there.
The productivity comes at the cost of less workers working harder and longer hours, who are toiling daily for less money.
Somewhere in the chilly bowels of an Oxbridge University library, some earnest double major in visual arts and sociology must be toiling over a thesis titled "Billy Elliot's Indian Soul Sister: Class, Gender Expectation, and Disapproving Daddies in 21stCentury England.
Since that's the hiring (and promotion) criteria these days, consider this question: If many of your star managers focus on thinking outside the box and independently rather than toiling as conventional team players, isn't there a danger that nobody is supporting the box and it just may collapse?
Britain's Chris Boardman finished 151st, toiling some 40 minutes behind the stage winner.
These days, he's toiling away on his two Iwo Jima films, ``Flags of Our Fathers,'' which tells the American view of the World War II battle, and ``Lamps Before the Wind,'' which takes the Japanese vantage point.
But Brian Myrow is used to toiling in obscurity, something he has done his entire professional career.
Portugal left Holland toiling in Group Two with a 2-0 triumph in Amsterdam.