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Idiom
work one's fingers to the bone
work one's tail off
 
 
Meaning
work very hard and tirelessly
 
 
Usage
In order to earn that paltry salary, I work my fingers to the bone.
 
 
Usage
It's just not fair. I work my tail off all day and then I have to cook and clean in the evenings.
 
 
Story
The expression work one's fingers to the bone creates the image of working so hard that the skin and flesh off one's fingers wear off the bone.
 
 
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