• Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • a Toilful Producing or involving much toil; laborious; toilsome; as, toilful care.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: The average US worker toils for two hours and 47 minutes of each working day just to pay income tax. Indeed, the average American pays more in taxes than for food, clothing and shelter put together
    • toilful Full of toil; involving foil; laborious.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adjs Toilful full of fatigue: wearisome
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  • Winston Churchill
    “I have nothing to offer but blood, toil, tears and sweat.”
  • Sophocles
    “For the dead there are no more toils.”
  • John Sterling
    John Sterling
    “Toil, feel, think, hope; you will be sure to dream enough before you die, without arranging for it.”
  • Grover Cleveland
    “Honor lies in honest toil.”
  • D. H. Lawrence
    “Literature is a toil and a snare, a curse that bites deep.”
  • Emily Dickinson
    “Luck is not chance, it is toil. Fortune is expensive smile is earned.”


Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
O. Fr. touiller, to entangle; of dubious origin—prob., acc. to Skeat, from a freq. form of Old High Ger. zucchen (Ger. zucken), to twitch; cf. Old High Ger. zocchón, to pull, zogón, to tear; all derivatives from Old High Ger. zíhan (Ger. ziehen), to pull.


In literature:

They represented so much to him, so many years of toil and austere self-denial.
"Cobwebs and Cables" by Hesba Stretton
They grew strong by the toil of the brain.
"The Atlantic Monthly, Volume 16, No. 96, October 1865" by Various
He now commenced the ascent of the mountainous chain, a wearisome and painful toil.
"Alroy The Prince Of The Captivity" by Benjamin Disraeli
A poor, hard-toiling, ill-provided man; careless of what vulgar men toil for.
"Sartor Resartus, and On Heroes, Hero-Worship, and the Heroic in History" by Thomas Carlyle
When the caravan toiled on through the dunes I could not follow it.
"From Pole to Pole" by Sven Anders Hedin
This man did not achieve this position save by patient toil; his greatness was not 'thrust upon him.
"The Continental Monthly , Vol. 2 No. 5, November 1862" by Various
Very beautifully in this connection does he designate that work and toil as 'my grace.
"Expositions of Holy Scripture" by Alexander Maclaren
When able to toil and slave, they are tolerated as necessary evils.
"By Canoe and Dog-Train" by Egerton Ryerson Young
Like pillars of living snow they toiled patiently upwards.
"Rivers of Ice" by R.M. Ballantyne
The miner was making a final effort at his unproductive piece of rock, and had prolonged his toil far into the night.
"Deep Down, a Tale of the Cornish Mines" by R.M. Ballantyne

In poetry:

The heart of the toiling world
Shook with such sudden wrong
That it cried in its wrath to the poet—
Poet, give me a song.
"Give Me A Song, Thou Poet" by Alexander Anderson
'Lived, forgetting toil and sorrow,
Ever fair and ever new;
Whirring round the dear old woodland,
Feeding on the honey-dew.
"The Legend of La Brea" by Charles Kingsley
'My cares and toils in foreign climes
Were for that peerless maid;
She rose in beauty by my side:
My toils were all repaid.
"A Tale" by John Logan
A little dreaming by the way,
A little toiling day by day;
A little pain, a little strife,
A little joy,--and that is life.
"The Sum" by Paul Laurence Dunbar
Her weary limbs are now at rest,
And free from toil and pain;
Her weary soul from earth has left,
But in Heaven lives again.
"Unfortunate" by Julia A Moore
To the desert driven forth,
There they toiled and wept,
Till in peace they slept
Beneath the cypress, pillowed on the earth.
"A Dirge - II" by Peter John Allan

In news:

She spends 50 hours each week away from home, toiling as a research scientist to provide for her family of five.
With my first weekend of freedom — after spending much of October toiling away with election stuff — I tried to squeeze in as much fun as is possible for the beginning of November.
A Year of Toil and Sweat, Then They Played a Game.
Weather takes its toil on Barry County farmers.
After Toil and Trouble, 'Witch' Is Cleared.
Hope and Toil at India's Call Centers.
Chinese Girls' Toil Brings Pain, Not Riches.
Yanks Toil Through The Trouble.
Restoring Lost Pines will take years of toil , millions of dollars — and help from landowners.
Writers toil away at their desks, quietly (for the most part) creating the novels and poems we love.
49ers' fullbacks embrace toiling in anonymity .
Behind the scenes, however, it was his wife, Hillary, who had toiled with the details.
Festive toile, cozy Fair Isle, and other wrapping papers that pop.
For those of us who have toiled under ineffective managers, it's safe to say that managing and leading are two very different things.
But the fact is, more and more practioners of green AV are quietly toiling away.

In science:

This dissertation is the result of many, many sessions of joint toil where I learned the art of research from him.
Additive functionals on random search trees
There are two points to make about this proposal; of which the second will lead us to “dynamics”. (1): Agreed, this proposal seems at first sight a cheat, a case of theft over honest toil.
On the Persistence of Homogeneous Matter
First, I admit again that it seems at first sight a case of theft over honest toil: the perdurantist reconstructs worldlines from functions that involve the notion of persistence.
On the Persistence of Homogeneous Matter
Since these lectures are intended for learning students, I have toiled to include many exercises.
A Modern Introduction to Quarkonium Theory