work like a beaver

Also, work like a dog or horse or Trojan. Work very energetically and hard, as in She worked like a beaver to clean out all the closets, or I've been working like a dog weeding the garden, or He's very strong and works like a horse. The first of these similes is the oldest, first recorded in 1741; the variants date from the second half of the 1800s. Also see work one's fingers to the bone.


Nearby words

  1. work farm,
  2. work force,
  3. work function,
  4. work in,
  5. work it,
  6. work like a charm,
  7. work of art,
  8. work off,
  9. work on,
  10. work one's fingers to the bone

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