work your socks off | work your tail off

Meaning: If you work your socks off, or work your tail off, you work very hard.

For example:

  • We had to get the job finished by Friday, so we worked our socks off to get it done on time.

  • The sales team worked their tails off this quarter, and they've managed to beat the record for first-quarter sales figures.

Quick Quiz:

His exam's on Monday, so Paul will have to work his socks off if he

a. wants to cheat

b. wants to pass

c. doesn't want to pass

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Contributor: Matt Errey