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Idiom
work like a beaver
work like a dog
work like a Trojan
 
 
Meaning
be hardworking and diligent
 
 
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She has already been studying like a dog for a whole week.
 
 
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David is working like a beaver trying to earn enough money to cure his father's illness.
 
 
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The expression work like a beaver alludes to the industriousness associated with beavers in their building of dams around their homes.
 
 
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The expression work like a Trojan refers to the inhabitants of the ancient city Troy. This city was besieged by the Greeks while they tried to rescue their queen, Helen, who had been abducted by the son of the King of Troy. According to legend, the Trojans were a hard-working, determined and industrious people.
 
 
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