To work very hard at something: slaving away at Thanksgiving dinner
"Oh, well, if people like to slave away on that principle—" he said, with a shrug and smile which Nora had learned to detest.
Women, who should be the queens of households, wander in the streets, or they slave away in factories.
They made the decoying, or aiding therein, of a slave away from his master in the Territory grand larceny, punishable by death.
We are to slave away making pin-cushions from now until July, and then sell them to some one else!
At present you are compelled to slave away as a cutter for thirty shillings a week.
To the cruelty of turning the slave away, Halleck added the dishonesty of slandering him.
You just think to keep me in a good humor while I slave away, and you sit there like a king, giving orders.
I didn't come out here for my health, but goodness knows I never expected to slave away in a hot kitchen in this way.