Definition of a glutton for punishment in English:

a glutton for punishment

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  • A person who is always eager to undertake hard or unpleasant tasks.

    • ‘We are obviously gluttons for punishment, as we decided to follow that up with a full-blown tour around the shops - we needed to buy a present for a friend, use some vouchers that we'd received as a present and Akra needed new slippers.’
    • ‘There are even do-it-yourself waxing kits, but unless you're a glutton for punishment, it's pretty hard to put yourself through such torture and it can get very messy.’
    • ‘From fit 20-year-olds just hoping to drop the last five kilos to 60-year-olds wanting to stay in shape and challenge themselves, it seems there is no shortage of gluttons for punishment.’
    • ‘A glutton for punishment, she also signed up for a Masters in Modern Drama Studies and, because of the way the modules fell, she actually graduated the Masters programme before graduating the B.A.’
    • ‘And we really are gluttons for punishment, since we do this every year.’
    • ‘Yesterday I was thinking, with all the offers I turned down, all the other houses I could have designed for, I must have some really weird kind of death wish or be a total glutton for punishment.’
    • ‘If you're a real glutton for punishment, drop me a line and I'll send it on to you.’
    • ‘But some women seem to be gluttons for punishment.’
    • ‘And you thought I was a glutton for punishment?’
    • ‘Aren't all these modern, stressed-out mothers simply gluttons for punishment?’