Mawson, C.O.S., ed. (18701938). Rogets International Thesaurus. 1922.
Class V. Words Releasing to the Voluntary Powers
Division (I) Individual Volition
Section III. Voluntary Action
1. Simple Voluntary Action
EXERTION, effort, strain, tug, pull, stress, throw, stretch, struggle, spell, spurt or spirt; stroke -, stitch- of work.
a long pull, a strong pull, and a pull all together; dead lift; heft [dial.]; wear and tear; ado; toil and trouble; uphill -, hard -, warm- work; harvest time.
EXERCISE, exercitation, practice, play, gymnastics, field sports; breather [colloq.], racing, running, jumping, riding &c.
LABOR, work, toil, travail [rare], manual labor, sweat of ones brow, swink [obs.], operoseness, drudgery, slavery, fag [colloq., Eng.], faggery, fagging, hammering; lim labor [L.]; operosity [obs.], operoseness.
trouble, pains, duty; resolution [See Resolution]; energy (physical) [See Energy].
WORKER, plodder, laborer, drudge, fagger, fag [Eng. schools], slave; man of action [See Activity]; agent [See Agent]; Samson, Hercules.
EXERT ONESELF; exert -, tax- ones energies; use exertion.
LABOR, work, toil, moil, sweat, fag, swink [archaic], toil and moil, drudge, slave, drag a lengthened chain, wade through, strive, strain; make -, stretch- a long arm; pull, tug, ply; ply -, tug at- the oar; do the work; take the laboring oar.
bestir oneself (be active) [See Activity]; take trouble, trouble oneself.
WORK HARD; rough it; put forth -ones strength, - a strong arm; fall to work, bend the bow; buckle to, set ones shoulder to the wheel (resolution) [See Resolution]; work like a -horse, - cart horse, - dog, - galley slave, - coal heaver, - Briton; labor -, work- day and night; redouble ones efforts; do double duty; work double -hours, - tides; sit up, burn the candle at both ends, burn the midnight oil; stick to (persevere) [See Resolution]; work -, fight- ones way; lay about one, hammer at.
DO ONES BEST, do ones level best, do ones utmost; take pains; do the best one can, do all one can, do all in ones power, do as much as in one lies, do what lies in ones power; use ones -best, - utmost- endeavor; try ones- -best, - utmost; play ones best card; put ones -best, - right- leg foremost; put ones best foot foremost; have ones whole soul in his work, put all ones strength into, strain every nerve; spare no -efforts, -pains; go all lengths; go through fire and water (resolution) [See Resolution]; move heaven and earth, leave no stone unturned.
laboring &c. v.
LABORIOUS, hefty [colloq., U. S.], operose, elaborate; strained; toilsome, troublesome, wearisome, burdensome; uphill; herculean, gymnastic, palæstric or palestric, athletic.
HARDWORKING, painstaking, strenuous, energetic, never idle.
hard at work, on the stretch, on the move, on the jump, on the dead jump, on the run.
LABORIOUSLY &c. adj.; lustily; pugnis et calcibus [L.]; with might and main, with all ones might, with a strong hand, with sledge hammer, with much ado; to the best of ones abilities, totis viribus [L.], vi et armis [L.], manibuspedibusque [L.], tooth and nail, unguibus et rostro [L.], hammer and tongs, heart and soul; through thick and thin (perseverance) [See Resolution].
by the sweat of ones brow, suo Marte [L.].
Aide-toi, le ciel taidera.
And still be doing, never done.Butler
Buen principio la mitad es hecha.
Cosa ben fatta è fatta due volte.
It is better to wear out than to rust out.Bp. Horne
Labor omnia vincit.Vergil
Labor, wide as the earth, has its summit in Heaven.Carlyle
Le travail du corps délivre des peines de lesprit.
Ora et labora.
I wish to preach the doctrine of the strenuous life.Roosevelt
Sorrow of soul in toil, that brings delight.Masefield