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 consumer conference each year. 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

work one’s tail off

and work one’s ass off and work one’s buns off and work one’s butt off
tv. to work very hard. (Often objectionable.) You spend half your life working your butt off—and for what? I worked my buns off to get this done on time!
See also: off, tail, work
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"They've worked their tail off - they've been well-organised, disciplined, effective in lots of key areas to negate a lot of the play that MK Dons have and we've caused a few problems ourselves.
"This team, since day one of tryouts, has worked their tail off collectively.
`It's a situation where you feel like those guys came in here and developed and did the right things and worked their tail off. It's a rewarding time for those guys.'
Every player worked their tail off. The work ethic was already there, but maybe now Ed is able to direct it into the right areas.