work your socks off | work your tail off

This page is about the idiom work your socks off | work your tail off


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
a) wants to cheat b) wants to pass c) doesn't want to pass

See Idiom of the Day today

Contributor: Matt Errey