1. Simple voluntary action


[Antonyms: repose.]

[Nouns] exertion, effort, strain, tug, pull, stress, throw, stretch, struggle, spell, spurt, spirt; stroke of work, stitch of work.

"a strong pull a long pull and a pull all together"; dead lift; heft; gymnastics; exercise, exercitation; wear and tear; ado; toil and trouble; uphill work, hard work, warm work; harvest time.

labor, work, toil, travail, manual labor, sweat of one's brow, swink, drudgery, slavery, fagging, hammering; limae labor; operoseness, operosity.

trouble, pains, duty; resolution [more]; energy (physical) [more].

[Verbs] exert oneself; exert one's energies, tax one's energies; use exertion.

labor, work, toil, moil, sweat, fag, drudge, slave, drag a lengthened chain, wade through, strive, stretch a long arm; pull, tug, ply; ply the oar, tug at the oar; do the work; take the laboring oar

bestir oneself (be active) [more]; take trouble, trouble oneself.

work hard; rough it; put forth one's strength, put forth a strong arm; fall to work, bend the bow; buckle to, set one's shoulder to the wheel (resolution) [more]; work like a horse, work like a cart horse, work like a galley slave, work like a coal heaver; labor day and night, work day and night; redouble one's efforts; do double duty; work double hours, work double tides; sit up, burn the candle at both ends; stick to (persevere) [more]; work one's way, fight one's way; lay about one, hammer at.

take pains; do one's best, do one's level best, do one's utmost; do the best one can, do all one can, do all in one's power, do as much as in one lies, do what lies in one's power; use one's best endeavor, use one's utmost endeavor; try one's best, try one's utmost; play one's best card; put one's best leg foremost, put one's right leg foremost; have one's whole soul in his work, put all one's strength into, strain every nerve; spare no efforts, spare no pains; go all lengths; go through fire and water (resolution) [more]; move heaven and earth, leave no stone unturned.

[Adjectives] laboring; laborious, operose, elaborate; strained; toilsome, troublesome, wearisome; uphill; herculean, gymnastic, palestric.

hardworking, painstaking; strenuous, energetic.

hard at work, on the stretch.

[Adverbs] laboriously; lustily; pugnis et calcibus; with might and main, with all one's might, with a strong hand, with a sledge hammer, with much ado; to the best of one's abilities, totis viribus, vi et armis, manibus pedibusque, tooth and nail, unguibus et rostro, hammer and tongs, heart and soul; through thick and thin (perseverance) [more].

by the sweat of one's brow, suo Marte.

[Phrases] aide-toi le ciel t'aidera; "and still be doing, never done" [Butler]; buen principio la mitad es hecha; cosa ben fatta e' fatta due volie; "it is better to wear out than to rust out" [Bp. Horne]; labor omnia vincit [Vergil]; "labor, wide as the earth, has its summit in Heaven" [Carlyle]; le travail du corps delivre des peines de l'esprit; manu forti; ora et labora.

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