• WordNet 3.6
    • v toil work hard "She was digging away at her math homework","Lexicographers drudge all day long"
    • n toil productive work (especially physical work done for wages) "his labor did not require a great deal of skill"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • 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
    • n Toil A net or snare; any thread, web, or string spread for taking prey; -- usually in the plural. "As a Numidian lion, when first caught,
      Endures the toil that holds him."
      "Then toils for beasts, and lime for birds, were found."
    • n Toil Labor with pain and fatigue; labor that oppresses the body or mind, esp. the body.Toil is used in the formation of compounds which are generally of obvious signification; as, toil-strung, toil-wasted, toil-worn, and the like. "My task of servile toil .""After such bloody toil , we bid good night.""You do not know the heavy grievances,
      The toils , the labors , weary drudgeries ,
      Which they impose."
      "How often have I blessed the coming day,
      When toil remitting lent its turn to play."
    • v. i Toil To exert strength with pain and fatigue of body or mind, especially of the body, with efforts of some continuance or duration; to labor; to work.
    • Toil To labor; to work; -- often with out. "Places well toiled and husbanded.""I toiled out my uncouth passage."
    • Toil To weary; to overlabor. "Toiled with works of war."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n toil In the toils, ensnared; captured.
    • toil To pull about; tug; drag.
    • toil To harass; weary or exhaust by toil: often used reflexively (whence later, by omission of the reflexive pronoun, the intransitive use): sometimes with out.
    • toil To labor; work; till.
    • toil To work, especially for a considerable time, and with great or painful fatigue of body or mind; labor.
    • toil To move or travel with difficulty, weariness, or pain.
    • toil Synonyms To drudge, moil, strive. See the noun.
    • n toil Confusion; turmoil; uproar; struggle; tussle.
    • n toil Harassing labor; labor accompanied with fatigue and pain; exhausting effort.
    • n toil A work accomplished; an achievement.
    • n toil Synonyms Labor, Drudgery, etc. (see work, n.); effort, exertion, pains.
    • n toil A net, snare, or gin; any web, cord, or thread spread for taking prey.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Toil toil a net or snare.
    • v.i Toil toil to labour: to work with fatigue
    • n Toil labour, esp. of a fatiguing kind
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  • Sophocles
    “For the dead there are no more toils.”
  • 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.”
  • Anthony Trollope
    Anthony Trollope
    “As to that leisure evening of life, I must say that I do not want it. I can conceive of no contentment of which toil is not to be the immediate parent.”
  • John Ruskin
    “The highest reward for a person's toil is not what they get for it, but what they become by it.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. toilen, to pull about, to toil; of uncertain origin; cf. OD. teulen, tuylen, to labor, till, or OF. tooillier, toailler, to wash, rub (cf. Towel); or perhaps ultimately from the same root as E. tug,


In literature:

Men fought for gold against danger and privation and toil.
"The Highgrader" by William MacLeod Raine
And the land groans and pants with this bloody toil.
"The Continental Monthly, Vol. 6, No 4, October, 1864" by Various
The toils of life are o'er for a little time.
"Broken Bread from an Evangelist's Wallet" by Thomas Champness
I will, meantime, select Such as shall voluntary share thy toils.
"The Odyssey of Homer" by Homer
He can toil, and struggle, and resist.
"The Young Maiden" by A. B. (Artemas Bowers) Muzzey
His father was a toiling miner.
"A Modern History, From the Time of Luther to the Fall of Napoleon" by John Lord
The master class missed the wholesome regimen of toil.
"The Negro and the Nation" by George S. Merriam
Darkness still lay over the river when they went again to their toil.
"The Snowshoe Trail" by Edison Marshall
But he toiled on steadily, and at last the sound of his diligence appeared to animate the others.
"Blow The Man Down" by Holman Day
Victor was deep in the toils, and willingly he yielded to the bondage of the gay coquette.
"Graham's Magazine Vol XXXIII No. 1 July 1848" by Various

In poetry:

So in toils of trouble caught,
Oft I wonder with a sigh
If that blue-bummed ape is not
Happier than I?
"The Ape And I" by Robert W Service
Beneath the maple tree,
Beneath the maple tree,
Than this abode of loving toil
Beneath the maple tree.
"Laura Secord: The Heroine of The War Of 1812 - Act III" by Sarah Anne Curzon
Gie me a chonce, wi' honest toil
Mi efforts to engage,
Gie me a maister who can smile
When forkin aght mi wage.
"What Aw Want" by John Hartley
When my daily toil is ended
And the sun begins to wane,
O, if I could find some quietude,
To dispel my care and pain.
"Quietude" by Frank Barbour Coffin
But still for us his native skies
The pitying Angel leaves,
And leads through Toil to Paradise
New Adams and new Eves!
"A Lay Of Old Time" by John Greenleaf Whittier
For we are simple, you and I,
We do what others do,
Linger and toil and laugh and die
And love the whole night through.
"The Ballad of the Student in the South" by James Elroy Flecker

In news:

BOIL, TOIL AND TROUBLE — A group of witches fly overhead as riders travel the ring.
There's an undeniable appeal to the idea: Skip work, head to a bar and watch the day sip away into a pleasant haze while others toil away in cubeland.
Citi Fees, A Bipartisan Bloomberg Dream, The Toil Index.
' Toil and Trouble' at La Val's Subterranean.
Double, double toil and trouble: Witches' recipes feature healthful ingredients.
Toil and Much Much More Trouble.
The United Sons of Toil 's latest release leads their ongoing saga of revolution into dark new territory.
With the United Sons of Toil , I got off on the wrong foot, or at least the wrong question.
Dickey finally can appreciate his years of toil .
Love of the daily toil and mechanics of governing.
Ratner workers will toil longer, and on Saturdays, to get arena done.
49ers' fullbacks embrace toiling in anonymity.
At the time, the answer was obvious: Sunday's activities were much better than Monday's toil.
She sought it out ever since the days when she was toiling away as a performer at hole-in-the-wall clubs on the Lower East Side of her native New York City.
(Most fast-food workers toil at minimum wage, with few or no benefits.

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