Definition of by the sweat of one's brow in English:

by the sweat of one's brow

phrase

  • By one's own hard work, typically manual labour.

    • ‘Scotland, or the peasant, carries the bundle by the sweat of his brow.’
    • ‘Genesis chapter 3 deals with the fall of humankind and the curse that ‘by the sweat of your brow’ humans would have to work hard and long.’
    • ‘As part of the progression from dust to dust mankind makes his impression in the life cycle by producing children and by wresting the fruits of nature by the sweat of his brow.’
    • ‘He frets that ‘the poor survive by the sweat of their brow’.’
    • ‘In the Bible, paradise offers leisure and ease; out of Eden, man must earn his bread by the sweat of his brow.’
    • ‘Marx and his followers believed that man had been put on earth to enjoy it, and looked forward to a millennium in which mankind could eventually be freed from Adam's curse - the cruel necessity to earn his bread by the sweat of his brow.’
    • ‘I've earned a break, too, not by the sweat of my brow but as reward for all the tea, coffee and ‘hold this for a minute, would you’ tasks that have been my main contribution to the project.’
    • ‘Does a drink cadged from a stranger taste far superior to one earned by the sweat of your brow?’
    • ‘She concluded that, ‘Something is wrong, very wrong, when a single person in good health, a person who in addition possess a working car, can barely support herself by the sweat of her brow.’’
    • ‘I'm lucky to have a gap, of course, even though I created that gap during my working life, by the sweat of my brow and by saving a little every month, year after year.’