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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?
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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.
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The American workforce seems to be toiling more intensively then ever before.
Portugal left Holland toiling in Group Two with a 2-0 triumph in Amsterdam.
A coming-out movie about two Midwestern nigh school friends who spend the summer of 1984 toiling at a restaurant--under the watchful eye of Lea DeLaria.
Lopez's Charlie is an oh-so-adorable working stiff of the wacky La La Land variety (she walks dogs - probably just for the requisite poop joke - as well as toiling as a temp, yoga instructor, Little League coach, yada, yada, yada) who meets the man of her dreams (Michael Vartan playing a plot device) only to realize that the dream has a dark underbelly (Fonda).
It is sent to young Ray Steam (voiced by Anna Paquin in the dubbed prints) from America, where both his inventor grandfather Lloyd (Patrick Stewart) and dad Eddie (Alfred Molina) have been toiling away for years.
This weekend's event at the central plaza of the Hollywood & Highland complex features artists armed with multicolored chalk toiling to transform the pavement into a mosaic of striking patterns and pictures.
Van Sant cites, among others, B'la Tarr and Abbas Kiarostami as inspirations for ``Gerry,'' and it's obvious he has been paying attention to their work while toiling in Hollywood's gold mines the past few years making ``Good Will Hunting,'' ``Finding Forrester'' and ``Psycho.
While most holiday vacationers kick back and relax, Ricky Romero and Rosie Guerrero spend their time off toiling long hours outside, spattering themselves with paint and braving the rain.
After toiling for years to get Valley cityhood on the ballot, independence supporters appear to have run out of steam.
As I peered into the horse's stall, I felt sorry for its former occupant, an animal which had spent its life toiling in the bowels of the earth.
Dahlsten has been toiling in the field since 1963, identifying, culling, breeding and releasing good bugs to deal with a variety of urban street tree insect problems.
Fernando Espino was wasting away on the bench, toiling near the bottom of the JetHawks' outfield pecking order.
MTV hasn't given the concept final approval, although Judge and company have been toiling on the show for some time.
Yet while his young wife was toiling as an up-and-coming attorney, self-employed salesman Craig Rabinowitz was bringing prostitutes to his home and squandering hundreds of thousands of dollars, investigators said.