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To work hard

do the hard yards

to do the hard work and effort that is needed for success, often when this is not noticed by other people

work at

to try hard to develop or improve something

forge

verb

to work hard to achieve something

overwork

verb

to work harder than you should

slave

verb

to work very hard

apply yourself

to work very hard on something for a long time

put your back into something

to do something, especially physical work, with a lot of effort

buckle down

to start working hard and seriously

slog

verb

to work hard and for a long time doing something that is difficult or boring

exert yourself

to use a lot of physical or mental effort

creep

used with other nouns to describe the unexpected and often unwanted effects of a particular situation or trend

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sandwich woman

a woman in middle age who has to juggle caring for teenage children and ageing parents with a career

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