labor of love

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la′bor of love′

work done for interest in the work itself rather than for payment.
[1665–75; 1 Thess. 1–3]
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Noun1.labor of love - productive work performed voluntarily without material reward or compensationlabor of love - productive work performed voluntarily without material reward or compensation
project, task, undertaking, labor - any piece of work that is undertaken or attempted; "he prepared for great undertakings"
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There was not, for many years afterwards, a Governor of Massachusetts; and the magistrates, who had charge of such matters, saw no objection to Esther Dudley's residence in the Province House, especially as they must otherwise have paid a hireling for taking care of the premises, which with her was a labor of love.
So it is, but this is a little labor of love, and does n't spoil the day at all.
A true labor of love some seven years in the making, featuring vocal contributions from top artists from the worlds of country, pop, R&B and gospel music -- plus spoken passages from Larry King and Dr.
Take it for what it is - an experimental labor of love - and hope for a little more substance next time around.
Inspired by the success of "El Mariachi," the film, a labor of love for the two filmmakers since 1999, has screened at numerous festivals.
You're sitting in the middle of a labor of love,'' Mayor Frank Ferry told the roughly 150 residents and local officials who gathered to open the road, which is the first section of the cross valley connector to be completed, and the first road constructed by the 14-year-old city of Santa Clarita.
A Death in the Family'' has the handsome burnish of a labor of love, but that doesn't make it any less misguided.
this book has been a labor of love and appreciation in trying to capture the essence of 130 years -- the remarkable essence of a growing team of people who have achieved continental if not global notoriety.
It's been a real labor of love to get all the permits you need, the architects and plans.
This case was truly a labor of love, as we had vowed to do what we could to help clean up the Anniston, Alabama, community.
But ``Only Time'' was a labor of love for Christian B, who also hosts a radio show 1 to 4 a.
The request for help came from Abu Dhabi charity Labor of Love, which supports more than 100 women who live in the camp through initiatives to attract donations.