Synonyms of toil in English:


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1‘she rolled up her sleeves and toiled all night’


work hard, labour, work one's fingers to the bone, work like a Trojan, work like a dog, work day and night, exert oneself, keep at it, keep one's nose to the grindstone, grind away, slave away, grub away, plough away, plod away

informal slog away, peg away, beaver away, plug away, put one's back into something, work one's guts out, work one's socks off, knock oneself out, sweat blood, kill oneself

British informal graft away, 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


rest, relax, laze

2‘she began to toil up the cliff path’


struggle, move with difficulty, labour, trudge, tramp, traipse, slog, plod, trek, footslog, sweat, drag oneself, fight, fight one's way, push

British informal trog, yomp

North American informal schlep


1‘a life of toil’


hard work, toiling, labour, slaving, struggle, effort, exertion, application, industry, grind, slog, blood, sweat, and tears, drudgery

informal sweat, elbow grease

British informal graft

NZ Australian informal yakka, hard yakka

archaic travail, moil