For six years, Hillary Clinton has toiled in the shadow of Barack Obama.
For a quarter-century, lawmakers have toiled tirelessly to discourage enforcement of the Internal Revenue Code.
She toiled as a waitress to support the boys, and later became a licensed practical nurse.
He toiled without money to do that, but for him it had been an incredibly fulfilling and rewarding experience.
John le Carré is notorious for taking the establishment for which he once toiled as a spy at its lowest estimation.
I toiled on, and succeeded in working a passage to his position.
“I must tell her,” I repeated, and toiled up the soft, carpeted stairs.
How many men have toiled for money all their lives, have met with success, yet never reached a thousand pounds.
And a man he was, and in the sweat of his brow he toiled again at his trade of stone-cutting.
All as they toiled upward had visions of the field behind them.
"hard work," c.1300, "turmoil, contention, dispute," from Anglo-French toil (13c.), from toiler "agitate, stir up, entangle," from Old French toeillier "drag about, make dirty" (12c.), usually said to be from Latin tudiculare "crush with a small hammer," from tudicula "mill for crushing olives, instrument for crushing," from root of tundere "to pound" (see obtuse). Sense of "hard work, labor" (1590s) is from the related verb (see toil (v.)).
"net, snare," 1520s, from Middle French toile "hunting net, cloth, web" (cf. toile d'araignée "cobweb"), from Old French teile, from Latin tela "web, woven stuff," related to texere "to weave" (see texture). Now used largely in plural (caught in the toils of the law).
c.1300, toilen, "pull at, tug;" late 14c. as "struggle, work, labor," from Anglo-French tuailler, Old French toellier (see toil (n.1)). Related: Toiled; toiling.