work your fingers to the bone

work (one's) fingers to the bone

To work excessively hard. Likened to literally wearing the skin off of one's hands from too much manual labor. I have worked my fingers to the bone renovating this house, and I'm glad to say that it has all been worth it. You have everyone working their fingers to the bone. You need to give them a break or they'll burn out.
See also: bone, finger, work

work your fingers to the bone

If you work your fingers to the bone, you work extremely hard. What sort of life is this if, like a miner, you work your fingers to the bone? I have washed, cooked, fetched and carried all my life. I worked my fingers to the bone in his house.
See also: bone, finger, work

work your fingers to the bone

work very hard.
See also: bone, finger, work

work your ˌfingers to the ˈbone

(informal) work very hard: It’s not fair — I work my fingers to the bone all day and then I have to cook and clean in the evenings.
See also: bone, finger, work
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