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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Mercer worked his tail off all game, and I wanted to go in there and make sure we won the game.
He worked his tail off and we had some top performances.
He worked his tail off for Jordan and Jordan took the plaudits for getting the goals.
He is a mature player that has worked his tail off to get where he is now.
Kerry has come in and worked his tail off," Christensen said.
Bryant worked his tail off last night, but after picking up his fifth foul with a little more than three minutes to play and the Lakers trailing by 12, all he had to show for his efforts was a look of total frustration.
George worked his tail off, as he always does, and his line shut down their top line, and when you have the momentum and the confidence it always helped.
He worked his tail off to become a key component to the organization," Howell said.
A decent bloke who has worked his tail off for eons, Darley took full advantage of Kieren Fallon's absence through injury.
Dickov worked his tail off and was twice only denied by Nixon, who came off his line quickly to foil the first effort and then had Flynn to thank for getting back to the line.
Vernon has come in and worked his tail off and has been welcomed with open arms, as far as the rest of his teammates are concerned," Helfrich said.
Josh worked his tail off last year, both mentally and physically, preparing for every start," catcher Jason Varitek said.
There were doubts whether he would make the cut, but Tony says he worked his tail off.
I always knew there were goals in the laddie but he's worked his tail off and deserved his hat-trick," said boss Sturrock.
Milo : Subs: Milos Lacny - striker worked his tail off, 4.