Synonyms of toil in English:


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1‘she rolled up her sleeves and toiled all night’

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
informal slog away, peg away, beaver away, plug away, put one's back into something, work one's guts out, work one's socks off, knock oneself out, sweat blood, kill oneself
British informal graft away, fag
Australian, New Zealand informal bullock
British vulgar slang work one's arse off, work one's balls off, work one's nuts off
North American vulgar slang work one's ass off, work one's butt off
archaic drudge, travail, moil

rest, relax, laze

2‘she began to toil up the cliff path’

struggle, move with difficulty, labour, trudge, tramp, traipse, slog, plod, trek, footslog, sweat, drag oneself, fight, fight one's way, push
British informal trog, yomp
North American informal schlep


1‘a life of toil’

hard work, toiling, labour, slaving, struggle, effort, exertion, application, industry, grind, slog, blood, sweat, and tears, drudgery
informal sweat, elbow grease
British informal graft
Australian, New Zealand informal yakka, hard yakka
archaic travail, moil