Synonyms of 'labour'
productive work, esp. physical work done for wagesthe labour of seeding, planting and harvesting
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grind (informal), ,
Life continues to be a terrible grind for the ordinary person.
There is little to show for two years of hard slog.
panting from the exertion of climbing the stairs
the drudgery of everyday life
He did whatever he could to ease their travail.
the people involved in this, as opposed to managementThe country lacked skilled labour.
workforce, , ,
a country where half the workforce is unemployed
productive work, esp. physical work done for wagesEvery man should receive a fair price for the product of his labour.
the final stage of pregnancy, leading to childbirthBy the time she realised she was in labour, it was too late.
difficult work or a difficult jobThe chef looked up from his labours.
to do physical workfarmers labouring in the fields
work, , ,
My father worked hard all his life.
slaving over a hot stove
I will endeavour to rectify the situation.
plod away, , , ,
peg along or away mainly British),
plug along or away (informal)
to work hard (for something)For years he laboured to build a religious community.
They had to struggle against all kinds of adversity.
Several thousand supporters strained to catch a glimpse of the new president.
He strives hard to keep himself very fit.
go for it (informal),
He grappled desperately with Holmes for control of the weapon.
Boys toiled in the hot sun to finish the wall.
make an effort,
make every effort,
do your best,
He never exerts himself for other people.
work like a Trojan
to emphasize too persistentlyI don't want to labour the point, but there it is.
overemphasize, , ,
Many schools overemphasize the importance of spelling.
exaggerate, , ,
He tends to exaggerate the importance of his job.
He overdid his usually quite funny vitriol.
go on about,
make a production (out) of (informal),
make a federal case of (US, informal)
to be at a disadvantage because of a mistake or false beliefShe laboured under the illusion that I knew what I was doing.
be disadvantaged by,
be a victim of,
be burdened by
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in the sense of birth
the process of bearing young
She weighed 5lb 7oz at birth.
in the sense of delivery
the act of giving birth to a baby
She had an easy delivery.
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Thesaurus for labour from the Collins English Thesaurus