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    You can check the definition of this idiom here.

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    I hit it. The idiom reminds me of another --with one's sleeves up

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tdol View Post
    Tdol is working his socks off to popularize the website's dictionary of Idioms and definitions.

    Tdol, can you please give the probable etymology of this phrase.
    I guess it comes from the fact, when you work very hard then your socks become sweaty and you have to put them off. This led to call it 'working socks off'. Kindly comment.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SUDHKAMP View Post
    Tdol is working his socks off to popularize the website's dictionary of Idioms and definitions.

    Tdol, can you please give the probable etymology of this phrase.
    I guess it comes from the fact, when you work very hard then your socks become sweaty and you have to put them off. This led to call it 'working socks off'. Kindly comment.
    And I guess you are right

    Keep on doing this good job, Tdol. I am fond of all these idioms and it would be great if we could get more

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    Cool Two thumbs up!

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    Default Re: Socks

    Oh, so I have to work my socks off to have my english improved.

    => Oh no, I have taken off my socks off but I didn't see any thing changes in my English. LOL.

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    Quote Originally Posted by hanky View Post
    Oh, so I have to work my socks off to have my english improved.

    => Oh no, I have taken off my socks off but I didn't see any thing changes in my English. LOL.
    Work hard till you are washed out.

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    Default Re: Socks

    You may have worked your socks off, but have you worked your fingers to the bone?



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    Default Re: Socks

    Quote Originally Posted by thedaffodils View Post
    I hit it. The idiom reminds me of another --with one's sleeves up
    I believe you mean this one,

    roll up your sleeves to prepare for hard work. After the election, the mayor rolled up his sleeves and began immediately to put his promises into action.
    Etymology: based on the idea that people often literally roll up their sleeves before doing difficult physical work.

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    Default Re: Socks

    You know, I actually have never heard the expression "work one's socks off".

    More commonly one hears "work one's tail off" (or "work one's butt off" or other variations of this part of the anatomy.) As in, "The family worked their tails off getting the house ready for the party".

    A very common expression using socks is "to knock one's socks off", as in: "That concert really knocked my socks off!", meaning it was a spectacular, exceptionally good concert.

    My two cents worth,

    Petra

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