wear (one's) fingers to the bone

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wear (one's) fingers to the bone

To work excessively hard. Likened to literally wearing the skin off of one's hands. I have worn my fingers to the bone renovating this house, and I'm glad to say that it has all been worth it. You have everyone wearing their fingers to the bone. You need to give them a break or they'll burn out.
See also: bone, finger, wear
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A career of irregular hours and mixing with policemen and councillors and searching for stories in pubs - all human life is there don't you know - and wearing my fingers to the bone over a hot keyboard so the presses could rumble on time.