work (one's) tail off

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work (one's) tail off

To work really hard (on or at something). I know you thought it was just a silly New Year's resolution, but I've been working my tail off at the gym! Sally and Jim work their tails off when we hold our user conference—I don't know what I'd do without them!
See also: off, tail, work

work one's tail off

 and work one's buns off; work one's ass off; work one's butt off
Inf. Fig. to work very hard. (Use caution with butt.) I worked my tail off to get done on time. You spend half your life working your butt off—and for what?
See also: off, tail, work
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We anticipate him to work his tail off to get out there as fast as possible," Helfrich said.
He had to work his tail off and learn," said Christopher Curl, the assistant vice president at TPA Gallagher Bassett Services Inc.
If you take someone who lacks the experience and the know-how but has the desire and the willingness to work his tail off to get the job done, he'll make up for what he lacks.
If you take someone who lacks the experience and the know-how but has the real desire and the willingness to work his tail off to get the job done, he'll make up for what he lacks.