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1‘most of the work on the land was done by slaves’
bondsman, bondswoman, bondservant, bondslave, serf, vassal, thrall
helot, odalisque, blackbird, hierodule
2‘Anna was attracted to him and within 24 hours was his willing slave’
drudge, servant, general factotum, maid of all work, man of all work, lackey, minion, galley slave
informal gofer, bitch
British informal skivvy, dogsbody, slavey, poodle, fag
1‘I'm sick of slaving away for a pittance’
toil, labour, grind, sweat, work one's fingers to the bone, work day and night, work like a Trojan, work like a dog, keep one's nose to the grindstone, exert oneself, grub, plod, plough
informal work one's guts out, work one's socks off, kill oneself, sweat blood, knock oneself out, plug away, slog away
British informal graft, fag
NZ Australian informal bullock
British vulgar slang work one's arse off, work one's balls off, work one's nuts off
North American vulgar slang work one's ass off, work one's butt off
archaic drudge, travail, moil
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