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.
Another labor of love was once celebrated in our pop culture, then merely accepted, then tolerated, and its presence actually began being mocked at the onset of the feminist movement three generations ago, making it easier for it to be dismissed (figuratively and literally) two generations ago, and has been and remains something the pop culture deems not even worth talking about.
Angel Wesley, who runs the charity, said: "We at Labor of Love UAE are committed to recognising the contributions made by blue collar workers here in the UAE and to show our gratitude to these women and men for helping us to build this wonderful nation.
It's a labor of love right now, he joked, "But down the road it's going to make me a cyber-multimillionaire.
Their labor of love will surely earn them that long-sought Oscar.
If it's true that running any ballet company is a labor of love, Oakland Ballet appears to pump in more devotion per hour than any other ballet company around.
Edited by two of the late Rene Fortin's colleagues at Providence College, Gaining upon Certainty is a labor of love, a memorial to a beloved friend and mentor.
The design and execution of the magnificent gardens at "Es Ca' Bay" - Roy and Susan Palmer's estate on Bayshore Road - were a three-year labor of love for Michael Gilkey and his company, Michael A.
To date, the Labor of Love event has raised $ 960,000 for the charities, all of which has been donated in IMS trade dollars through International Monetary Systems.
Stars Keanu Reeves and Winona Ryder were there, along with celebs like Owen Wilson, Gretchen Mol, Parker Posey and writer/director Richard Linklater, who said the two long years it took to animate the film was ``a labor of love.
Compiling these histories has been a labor of love for BE Vice President and Executive Editor Derek T.