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work all the hours God sends

To work all day, every day; to work an excessive amount. My mother worked all the hours God sent when we were growing up just to make ends meet. Sorry I haven't been in touch lately; I've been working all the hours God sends.
See also: all, god, hour, send, work
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work all the ˌhours God ˈsends

(informal) work all the time: ‘You look tired, Jane.’ ‘I’m working all the hours God sends at the moment trying to finish my thesis.’ OPPOSITE: not do a stroke (of work)
See also: all, god, hour, send, work
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Food banks are full of people just like that, who are working all the hours God sends and yet still can't put food on the table.
Even with this extra pressure these ex-members of staff are still working all the hours God sends to keep their students on track.
She said: "I was working all the hours God sends for someone else and not always being recognised for that and thought 'hold on a minute, mum is running this business and she wants to retire'.
It's no wonder decent people, working all the hours God sends are furious over such arrogance, such ingratitude?
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Poor Mrs Tompkinson has worked tirelessly to keep little Johnny from a life of substance abuse and petty crime on their inner-city sink estate, working all the hours God sends to give him a brighter future than her own.
'When I wasn't acting I used to be behind a bar, driving a lorry, working all the hours God sends because I had a young family.
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There are too many people working all the hours God sends who are still anxious about the rent or mortgage.
I am a single working mother working all the hours God sends, right in the middle of an ever-worsening recession.
How do we recover if people can't pay the bills even working all the hours God sends?
The other type are working all the hours God sends and can't afford the time to take their kids out and have fun.
"He was working all the hours God sends to try to make ends meet."
Yes, they may be new mums, or working all the hours God sends and they just want to get into their old comfy clothes - the comfort blanket.