work till you drop

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!
See also: drop, till, work
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You must work till you drop to do the best job possible but in an atmosphere of conviviality and civility.
But the "work till you drop" move will cause alarm for those in manual jobs who tend to live less long.
Sky-high bills, bad weather, work till you drop and die early...
The "work till you drop" culture is now firmly entrenched, making the promise that we would all have more leisure time seem as far off as it ever has.
So far though, there is no mad rush to work till you drop in the job you have done in most of your working life.
WORK TILL YOU DROP. The weekly "Be Between" survey appearing in the Asahi Shimbun asked 3,544 working adults whether they thought the age for compulsory retirement should be raised.
That's why Work Till You Drop and No Pensions Secretary Iain Duncan Smith can pretend to be on the side of the have-nots, while blatantly impoverishing the have-nots.
The ethos of 'work till you drop' for the many to sustain the privilege of the few is fundamentally flawed.
Yesterday, TUC general secretary Brendan Barber told delegates at Brighton: "We say no to a work till you drop policies
It certainly seems that the 'work till you drop' ethic of the 80's pony-tailed yuppies and 90's dinkys has been firmly given the Jonny Wilkinson treatment with 32 per cent Birmingham's 'climb downers' dreaming about a less stressful, less well paid job -but only if it allowed more time for the pursuit of spiritual fulfilment.
The "work till you drop" announcement will cause particular alarm for those in manual jobs who do not tend to live as long as people in cushy roles.
Mr Webb told The Journal a rise in the retirement age was inevitable as people are living longer, but he insisted it wasn't a case of "work till you drop".