hard work

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No, I don't think so; but it's so delightful, and at the same time such hard work, that one has no time to think about it.
AN ASS congratulated a Horse on being so ungrudgingly and carefully provided for, while he himself had scarcely enough to eat and not even that without hard work.
I hate work of any kind, and making a raft is hard work.
After ten years of hard work I wrote him a letter reading as follows:
But the other bird sneered at him for being a poor simpleton, who did all the hard work, while the other two stayed at home and had a good time of it.
It was the hard work, the many children, and the nagging of her husband, he decided, that had changed her.
Every day I suffer a thousand hardships and misfortunes, and have hard work to get even enough bad barley bread to keep myself and my family alive, while the lucky Sindbad spends money right and left and lives upon the fat of the land
Now the fact was that he hardly ever did exercise me, and when the master was busy I often stood for days together without stretching my legs at all, and yet being fed just as high as if I were at hard work.
My heart was warm with hours of hard work at the head of a willing crew.
I have worn out six stout ROBINSON CRUSOES with hard work in my service.
I am so accustomed and inured to hard work that I don't know what fatigue is.
Knight-errantry is a most chuckle-headed trade, and it is tedious hard work, too, but I begin to see that there IS money in it, after all, if you have luck.