One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Excessive labour or toil.
1with object To overcome, exhaust, or harass with labour; to overwork; to overburden. Also refl. Now rare.
2with object To labour excessively at, take too many pains with; to elaborate to excess.
Late 16th century (in an earlier sense). From over-labour<br>mid 16th century; earliest use found in John Palsgrave (d. 1554), teacher and scholar of languages. From over- + labour.
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