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Working hard

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by Lawrence J. J. Leonard

The idea of ‘work’ can mean building a palace or
destroying people and places.

Work can be hard, easy, profitable, masterful, secretive and even stupid.

Work also wears a “suit phrase”
which gives ‘metaphor’ a run for its money. (see below)

The biggest question for OG workers is:
How in the world can clicking a mouse be considered work?

Hard to say. No matter where we live, though, it is work that defines us.

Here are some popular Earth idioms about work:

A woman’s work is never done.”

It would take literally all day to list the ways women
use mental and physical toughness
to survive in a man’s world.

Work, however, has grittier subject matter to discombobulate:

All in a day’s work” – when spoken sarcastically it can sting a person.

All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy” – unless Jack has no ambition.

Break your back” – is physical but describes being worn out mentally, too.

Burning the candle at both ends” – multi-taskers wear out faster, don’t they?

Burn the midnight oil” – any work longer than 12 hours deprives you of sleep.

A piece of work” – a great example of someone who nobody wants to hang out with.

A devil finds work for idle hands” – a warning to do good things.

The devil is in the details” – you have to invest a lot of time for greatness.

Dirty work” – is either physically exhausting or mentally reprehensible.

Do the dirty work” – people who use their training for a tedious or strenuous task

Gum up the works” – make a situation worse by incompetence or sloppiness

Keep up the good work” – praise for doing what you are supposed to do

Labor of love” – any job that requires effort while little praise is given

Shoot the works” – to be generous with money or time on a project

Sweat blood” – a large personal investment

Work like a beaver” – commit to success by mind, body and soul

Works like a charm” – any special characteristic of a person or object that ensures a process.

Work your fingers to the bone” – having a detailed, repetitive time-consuming task.

Work it” – do what you do because only you can.

From the Third Shift worker’s tired eyes to  furious frantic feet during Crunch Time,
do not work yourself to death.

Have a work break . . . or two.

Copyright © 1960-2017 Lawrence J. J. Leonard All rights reserved.

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