break one's back


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Verb1.break one's back - work very hard, like a slave
do work, work - be employed; "Is your husband working again?"; "My wife never worked"; "Do you want to work after the age of 60?"; "She never did any work because she inherited a lot of money"; "She works as a waitress to put herself through college"
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And they better be happy ones; otherwise, the weight of unhappiness will break one's back, if not one's spirit.