wear (one's) fingers to the bone

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wear (one's) fingers to the bone

To work excessively hard. Likened to literally wearing the skin off of one's hands. I have worn my fingers to the bone renovating this house, and I'm glad to say that it has all been worth it. You have everyone wearing their fingers to the bone. You need to give them a break or they'll burn out.
See also: bone, finger, wear
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The school's resident "blogger" Ann Wilkinson has worn her fingers to the bone uploading stories to TS16 about the youngsters' shenanigans, including 24 girls from Years Eight and Nine who experienced a whirlwind visit to London.