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salt mine

a mine from which salt is excavated.
Usually, salt mines. a place of habitual confinement and drudgery:
After two weeks of vacation it will be back to the salt mines for the staff.
Origin of salt mine
1675-85 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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salt mines in Technology

Dense quarters housing large numbers of programmers working long hours on grungy projects, with some hope of seeing the end of the tunnel in N years. Noted for their absence of sunshine. Compare playpen, sandbox.
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The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing, © Denis Howe 2010
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