work (one's) arse off

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work (one's) arse off

rude slang To work really hard (on or at something). Primarily heard in UK. I know you thought it was just a silly New Year's resolution, but I've been working my arse off at the gym! Sally and Jim work their arses off when we hold our consumer conference each year. I don't know what I'd do without them!
See also: arse, off, work
Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.


a lot of something; everything possible. (The works can be a lot of food, good treatment, bad treatment, etc. *Typically: get ~; have ~; give someone ~.) Bill: Shall we order a snack or a big meal? Jane: I'm hungry. Let's get the works. But, your honor. I shouldn't get the works. I only drove too fast!
See also: work
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

work your arse off


work your ass off

If you work your arse off, you work very hard. He's working his arse off to make the shop his triumph. I'm working my ass off to get to where I need to be.
See also: arse, off, work
Collins COBUILD Idioms Dictionary, 3rd ed. © HarperCollins Publishers 2012

work your ˈarse off

(British English) (American English work your ˈass off) (taboo, slang) work very hard
See also: arse, off, work
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