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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I worked my tail off to get back to where I knew I needed to be and wasn't going to stop until I had some success.
A"Shooting a 75 on the first day was disappointing but I have really worked my tail off to get under par.
Els said: "The first day was disappointing but I've worked my tail off to get under par so I have to feel fairly satisfied.
I've lost 20 pounds and I've worked my tail off, played week in and week out and put contract talks on the back burner to focus on winning the title.
I really worked my tail off before that event started and that's not really what you want to do going into a Major.
I played 20 years and worked my tail off, so they're not going to tell me what hat I'm wearing in - I promise you that