Definition of 'toil'
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Workers toiled round the clock to fill it and fix power lines. The Sun (2016)Yet for whom do these toiling millions work? Times, Sunday Times (2009)Think of them as you toil away for the rest of the week to pay their wages. The Sun (2013)They talked about hard work and toil. Times, Sunday Times (2013)The film is a toiling labour of love. Times, Sunday Times (2008)Look at those golfers toiling away to make pars! Times, Sunday Times (2013)Guests paying thousands of pounds were trying to sleep as workers toiled away building a hotel next door. The Sun (2009)Spring air in new lungs a choir of a thousand tongues singing we'll no longer toil. Christianity Today (2000)Men toil in fields, where modern technology is allowed for heavy tasks. Times, Sunday Times (2015)Having time off during European weeks while their rivals toil could work to their advantage. Times, Sunday Times (2011)We must seek to ensure that all workers toil in safe conditions, for decent wages. Times, Sunday Times (2008)But at least the Ox was toiling in the field. Times, Sunday Times (2014)This is unhelpful if you are a City worker expected to turn up and toil for long hours. Times, Sunday Times (2008)Yes, all those years of toil and your wages amount to a bus ride and a meal deal. Times, Sunday Times (2015)When most bosses retire after decades of hard toil, they head for the garden or the golf course. Times, Sunday Times (2016)For decades the industry has enjoyed its anonymity, toiling away deep in the machine room of the global economy. Times, Sunday Times (2009)The rhetoric of blood, toil, tears and sweat is unavailable. Times, Sunday Times (2011)We tend to think that it has to do with labour, toil, effort. Times, Sunday Times (2012)Enjoy it: you are witnessing the culmination of five years' toil. Times, Sunday Times (2010)With toil and labour I've reached a very fair height of refinement. Wives and Daughters (1864)Ministers may be wary of depicting sunlit uplands when there is the inevitability of blood, toil, tears and sweat to come in the meantime. Times, Sunday Times (2012)
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Translations for 'toil'
British English: toil VERB
When people toil, they work very hard doing unpleasant or tiring tasks.
People who toiled in dim, dank factories were too exhausted to enjoy their family life.
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