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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She worked her tail off for three sweaty hours on a 90-degree F day without getting very much brush cleared.
She just worked her tail off all summer, 500 shots a day, working on her game, and man, it's paying off.
She worked her tail off in the offseason,'' Pontius said.
Yet she, like everyone else participating, has worked her tail off as an athlete for the past decade to get where she is.
to the extent that she was heard announcing that she hadn't worked her tail off for weeks ``to do something like this