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work till you drop

To make an effort to complete some task until one has no more energy to devote to it; to work as hard as possible for as long as possible. You better work 'til you drop if you want an A on this assignment!
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The French retire at 62 while this government hopes to make us work till we drop dead
The Department for Pensions want us to work till we drop, or at least till we reach the age of 70.
AN alarming new pounds 180billion pension black hole means many of us will have to work till we drop.
Would it be 62 1/2, 65, 67 1/2, the retirement date was put back and back although, naturally, we don't want to work till we drop.
By 2011 the tale is bound to be much much worse,let alone the prospect of having to work till we drop and our pension funds sold down the river.
We had hoped to ease off a bit by the time we were approaching 60, but it now looks certain that we will just have to work till we drop and it is very nearly all down to the national minimum wage.