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. As the sun shed his earliest beams upon the earth, they closed the door of their deserted home, and turned away.
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?'
"I have spent weeks painting him, far longer than I anticipated, but he's been a real labour of love."
Bridgfords said the property has been a 'labour of love' for the current owner, who wishes to remain anonymous.
Curator of the Ghazl Al-Orouk - Labour of Love - exhibition Rachel Dedman
UB40 FEATURING ALI, ASTRO AND MICKEY A REAL LABOUR OF LOVE ...
UB40 FEATURING ALI, ASTRO AND MICKEY A REAL LABOUR OF LOVE HHH HH HERE'S an album with bite, although perhaps more for what it stands for than its sound, which is as smooth and nostalgic as one would expect.
Selfless Elisabeth Anderson-Sierra, 29, devotes 10 hours a day to her "labour of love".