labour under - definition and synonyms

phrasal verb [transitive]
present tense
I/you/we/theylabour under
he/she/itlabours under
present participlelabouring under
past tenselaboured under
past participlelaboured under
  1. 1
    labour under something to exist or try to live in a situation where there are serious difficulties or problems

    Many countries labour under a huge burden of debt they cannot even begin to pay.

  2. 2
    labour under the illusion/delusion/mistaken conception etc to continue doing something or believing something because you think that something else is true, even though it is not

    Even after a decade, she still seems to labour under the illusion that she is Party leader.

See also main entry: labour