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busman's holidayA holiday or vacation during which you do the same thing that you do for your usual work.Rate it:

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bust one's assTo work very hard, to put in a lot of effort.Rate it:

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bust one's ballsto work very hard; to put in a lot of effort.Rate it:

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bust one's buttTo work exceptionally hard.Rate it:

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bust your bunsWork energetically, and bust your 'buns' in the process!Rate it:

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carry one's weightTo contribute or produce one's fair share, as of work, money, etc.Rate it:

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carry the mailTo work diligently; to serve as the principal performer of a demanding task or set of tasks.Rate it:

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carve outTo create (a reputation, chance, role, rank, career, victory) by hard work, or as if by cutting.Rate it:

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clock inTo begin work.Rate it:

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come out in the washOf problems or difficulties, to work out, resolve, or become understood eventually and naturally.Rate it:

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damp squibAnything that doesn’t work properly, or fails to come up to expectations..Rate it:

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do the trickTo work; to be successful; to solve a problem.Rate it:

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doss aboutTo shirk one's work or duty.Rate it:

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eat someone's lunchTo defeat or best thoroughly; to make short work of.Rate it:

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fight firesTo deal with urgent matters and minor emergencies rather than longer-term work.Rate it:

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file off the serial numbersTo remove the copyrighted elements from an existing work of fan fiction so that it may be commercially published as original fiction.Rate it:

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flog a dead horseTo attempt to get extra work out of a ship's crew during the dead horse period.Rate it:

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full of oneselfEgotistical, believing oneself to be superior to others; preoccupied with one's own work, interests, point of view, etc.Rate it:

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game faceThe expression of one who is prepared for or is facing a lot of difficult and/or undesirable work, especially when it is imminent.Rate it:

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garbage in, garbage out(computing, information technology) If input data is not complete, accurate, and timely, then the resulting output is unreliable and of no useful value.1963, Raymond Crowley, "Robot Tax Collector Seeks Indications of 'Fudging'," Times Daily (Alabama, USA), 1 April (retrieved 26 July 2010):Officials explained that the quality of the computer's work depends on the quality of the data fed into it. Neil Hoke, administrative assistant to Stewart, quoted an adage of computer men: "Garbage in, garbage out."2008, Roger K. Lewis, "'In Architectural Design, Brains and Talent Trump the Best Software," Washington Post, 19 July (retrieved 26 July 2010):The old caveat "GIGO"Rate it:

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get down to businessTo become involved with something work-related.Rate it:

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get offTo complete a shift or a day's work.Rate it:

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get with the programTo work productively toward the objective of a shared enterprise, especially after the objective or the environment has changed.Rate it:

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give it a twistIf you have trouble getting it to work right, try giving it a twist.Rate it:

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go GaltTo become a recluse and stop contributing to one's society, especially in the form of taxes by reducing one's productivity or work or by refusing to follow societal norms that one believes to be unjust.Rate it:

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go nativeOf a contractor or consultant, to begin working directly as an employee for a company and cease to work through a contracting firm or agency.Rate it:

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go toTo get to work; (imperatively) come on.Rate it:

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hash outTo work through the details of something; especially to work through difficulties.Rate it:

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have it madeTo have accomplished all there is to do; to have no further work or difficulty; to have achieved a lifestyle characterized by good fortune and comfort.Rate it:

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heavy liftingThe most demanding part of an endeavour; work requiring the most effort, resources, or consideration.Rate it:

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honey budTo work at threadsRate it:

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huh! . . unhhhh!Gutteral, often used, 'juvenile' generated, unspoken nasal/throat- 'grunt' indicating 'NO!', 'Negative'.Rate it:

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hustle and bustleA large amount of activity and work, usually in a noisy surrounding.Rate it:

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it's not the whistle that pulls the trainBoasting and loud talk should not be mistaken for the work that produces real achievements; bravado is no proof of action.1956, James Reston, "Washington: It's Not the Whistle that Pulls the Train," New York Times, 1 July, p. E8:Rate it:

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keep houseTo take care of domestic chores; work as a housekeeper.Rate it:

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kiss upTo pay false flattery to another, particularly a superior at work, in order to get special attention.Rate it:

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labor of loveA task performed voluntarily without expectation of reimbursement; an altruistic work or undertaking.Rate it:

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legworkWork, especially research or preparation, that involves significant walking, travel, or similar effort.Rate it:

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look the partTo appear suitable for a particular kind of work, position or role.Rate it:

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man proposes, god disposesThings don't always work out as they were planned.Rate it:

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money doesn't grow on treesYou must work in order to have money.Rate it:

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no rest for the wicked(humorous) People who are wicked must work harder than normal people.Rate it:

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nose to the grindstoneHard at work.Rate it:

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nut outTo find a solution for, to work out the finer details, especially in a group discussion.Rate it:

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off the chainFree from work or direct supervision. In reference to slave labor, where workers are chained, or to the figurative chain of workers of an assembly line.Rate it:

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on specShort form of "on speculation": Creating a work with the hope of selling it, as opposed to creating a work "on commission" for hire.Rate it:

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over the transomSaid of an unsolicited work submitted for publication.Rate it:

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ox is in the ditchThis is a big problem; there is unavoidable or demanding work ahead.Rate it:

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painting rocksPointless or futile work organised by the government, supposedly to increase employment but in fact merely disguising the unemployment level.Rate it:

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pencil pusherOne who does routine office work; someone involved mainly in paperwork.Rate it:

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