work one's fingers to the bone

Definition of work one's fingers to the bone

  1. :  to work very hard She had to work her fingers to the bone to make enough money to raise her kids.

Word by Word Definitions

workplay
  1. :  activity in which one exerts strength or faculties to do or perform something:

    :  sustained physical or mental effort to overcome obstacles and achieve an objective or result

    :  activity that a person engages in regularly to earn a livelihood

  1. :  used for work

    :  suitable or styled for wear while working

    :  involving or engaged in work

  1. :  to bring to pass :  effect

    :  to fashion or create a useful or desired product by expending labor or exertion on :  forge, shape

    :  to make or decorate with needlework

fingerplay fingers
  1. :  any of the five terminating members of the hand :  a digit of the forelimb

    :  one other than the thumb

    :  something that resembles a finger

  1. :  to touch or feel with the fingers

    :  to play (a musical instrument) with the fingers

    :  to play (notes, chords, etc.) with a specific fingering

boneplay
  1. :  one of the hard parts of the skeleton of a vertebrate

    :  any of various hard animal substances or structures (such as baleen or ivory) akin to or resembling bone

    :  the hard largely calcareous connective tissue of which the adult skeleton of most vertebrates is chiefly composed

  1. :  to remove the bones from

    :  to provide (a garment) with stays

    :  to rub (something, such as a boot or a baseball bat) with something hard (such as a piece of bone) in order to smooth the surface

  1. :  extremely, very

    :  totally


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