Meaning of work one's fingers to the bone in English:

work one's fingers to the bone

phrase

  • Work very hard.

    ‘Auntie can work her fingers to the bone, but it's Miss Green that gets the thanks’
    • ‘We are working our fingers to the bone to try and rescue our comrades, but at the moment we have yet to locate where their screams were coming from.’
    • ‘I've worked my fingers to the bone, cleaning, organizing and even releasing to the trash bin things I no longer need.’
    • ‘‘We lived in a tiny little flat, and had no money, and my mother had to work her fingers to the bone,’ Carol says.’
    • ‘His mom, who is kind and good and true, works her fingers to the bone, running the inn.’
    • ‘It was just the 5th movement that had lately been keeping her up all night, working her fingers to the bone.’
    • ‘The man she had hated so was the man she worked her fingers to the bone to save.’
    • ‘I work my fingers to the bone, and get precious little gratitude for it, and all you can do is treat me like some glorified gofer who's wet behind the ears?’
    • ‘She makes her grandson Shiro work his fingers to the bone to keep this place in top shape, and then tricks the neighborhood kids into doing the rest.’
    • ‘In India, some kids are forced to toil in cotton fields while others work their fingers to the bone weaving silk.’
    • ‘There are people working their fingers to the bone every day for less than this proposed salary.’
    work hard, labour, work one's fingers to the bone, work like a Trojan, work like a dog, work day and night, exert oneself, keep at it, keep one's nose to the grindstone, grind away, slave away, grub away, plough away, plod away