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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

toil

verb

to work very hard doing something difficult and tiring, especially physical work

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

labor

verb

to work hard, especially physically

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endies

Employed but with No Disposable Income or Savings: people who are in work but only earn just enough to live on

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