labour of love

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Noun1.labour of love - productive work performed voluntarily without material reward or compensationlabour 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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His clothes were few enough, and to carry Grip was a labour of love.
Her willing feet were never tired of taking steps for those who had smoothed her way; her skilful hands were always busy in some labour of love for them, and on the face fast growing in comeliness there was an almost womanly expression of devotion, which proved how well Phebe had already learned one of life's great lessons gratitude.
This being purely a labour of love, Mr Squeers readily complied, and leaving the room for the purpose, almost immediately returned, supporting a sleek personage with an oily face, who, bursting from him, and giving to view the form and face of Mr Snawley, made straight up to Smike, and tucking that poor fellow's head under his arm in a most uncouth and awkward embrace, elevated his broad- brimmed hat at arm's length in the air as a token of devout thanksgiving, exclaiming, meanwhile, 'How little did I think of this here joyful meeting, when I saw him last
And now, as a fellow-man, and as a partner in a friendly move,' added Wegg, benignantly taking him by both hands again, and clapping him on both knees again, 'say have I completed my labour of love to your perfect satisfaction, and are you sap--pur--IZED?
Old Wounds has been a labour of love for Trev, as he first started working on it back in 2013 after his band Deerhart disbanded.
it's been a labour of love for us, with most of the film self financed and worked on in our downtime between other work over the last two years.
Bengali director Adityavikram Sengupta may have radical views about how to acquaint Indian movie fans with indie features ("just stop releasing Bollywood films for a year"), but he's confident that his dialogue-free love story Labour Of Love (Asha Jaoar Majhe) will resonate with all.
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He then enlisted the help of author Torquil Cowan to bring the story to life in the book, Labour Of Love.
MOST grooms hate organising a wedding but for Hugh sweeney his one detail was a labour of love - even if it did take him more than a year to get right.
A spokesperson for the society said: "This book has been a real labour of love for all of us involved.
Of course, when you have children, it's inevitable you spend a great deal of time picking up after them but that is the labour of love.