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 one's fingers to the bone

Also, work one's tail or butt off . Exert oneself, labor very hard, as in She's working her fingers to the bone to support her children, or I work my tail off and then the government takes half my income in taxes. The first hyperbole, with its image of working the skin and flesh off one's fingers, dates from the mid-1800s; the less polite variants date from the first half of the 1900s.
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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In the last week, I have seen evidence of modern-day slavery in the EU, in order to enable us to eat tomatoes in November, with mainly African people beaten to death and living in abject poverty despite working their fingers to the bone.
Mr Jones said he had friends who worked hard all their lives and had nothing to show for it, adding: "How can you people justify the amount of money you are earning?" He called for all those included in the list to have their pay docked, adding: "I don't know how you can justify picking up your pay packet when there are men and women in this country working their fingers to the bone who don't get nowhere near the money you are earning, who are on the minimum wage and struggling to earn a living.
Pensioners who were fighting or working their fingers to the bone during the 1939-45 war have very little to live on.
While the working class are working their fingers to the bone to survive.
BOY, it did me no end of good to learn that our MSPs had been working their fingers to the bone to pass two new bills - saying No to fluoride in our water and Yes to breast-feeding.
Working their Fingers to the bone, though, all the Padres got was bony Fingers.