work (one's) fingers to the bone

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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 one's fingers to the bone

Cliché to work very hard. I worked my fingers to the bone so you children could have everything you needed. Now look at the way you treat me! I spent the day working my fingers to the bone, and now I want to relax.
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

work (one's) fingers to the bone

To labor extremely hard; toil or travail.
See also: bone, finger, work
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I worked my fingers to the bone to give him everything which helped him get to uni.
Of course, I'd not worked my fingers to the bone for any of it.
I SWEATED, I slaved, I worked my fingers to the bone and, despite having only 24 hours notice and the dressmaking skills of a short-sighted novice wearing ski mitts, I finally did it - one exquisite, home-made Frosty The Snowman outfit for son No.
I've worked my fingers to the bone, seven days a week for the last 18 years.
I had worked my fingers to the bone to give them a memorable evening - so I returned the tip.