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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I went to a school to try and get over that and I would just work my tail off."
"The biggest reason I'm here is I work my tail off as much as I can on a daily basis and feel like when I put my head on the pillow at night I did more for more people, had more positive influence on more people on this football team.
But for now, I work my tail off all week, rack up some overtime in the summer, all with hopes of buying a dozen of those Migration Mallards or a new short-reed goose call.
How do you come back from that?" he said.Aa "Now I've got one Major left and I'm going to work my tail off. It's a good thing it's in two weeks time."Mickelson said the winds that marked all four days of the tournament had been the toughest he had played in, but he admitted that it had been a fair test."The positives I can take are that I probably hit it better in the wind than I ever have.
Nothing good seems to happen around here unless, and until, I work my tail off. Maybe Darwin was right.