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slave away

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slave away

verb phrase

To work very hard at something: slaving away at Thanksgiving dinner

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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  • They made the decoying, or aiding therein, of a slave away from his master in the Territory grand larceny, punishable by death.

    The Middle Period 1817-1858 John William Burgess
  • You just think to keep me in a good humor while I slave away, and you sit there like a king, giving orders.

  • Women, who should be the queens of households, wander in the streets, or they slave away in factories.

    Indian Home Rule M. K. Gandhi
  • To the cruelty of turning the slave away, Halleck added the dishonesty of slandering him.

    The Secret Service. Albert D. Richardson
  • At present you are compelled to slave away as a cutter for thirty shillings a week.

  • We are to slave away making pin-cushions from now until July, and then sell them to some one else!

    A Houseful of Girls Mrs. George de Horne Vaizey
  • "Oh, well, if people like to slave away on that principle—" he said, with a shrug and smile which Nora had learned to detest.

    Roland Graeme: Knight

    Agnes Maule Machar
  • 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.

    Money Magic Hamlin Garland

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