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    Default More doubts on A labour of love

    I understand that a laor of love is something done without expecting any reward. No I really understnd this meaning.
    But I have a doubt :
    I found a definition for A laour of love that is:

    A labour of love
    Meaning
    Work undertaken for the pleasure of it or for the benefit of a loved one.
    and:
    for someone's benefit, so as to produce a desired effect in another's mind.

    So how to give a meaning for A labour of love ?

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    Default Re: More doubts on A labour of love

    Quote Originally Posted by san View Post
    I understand that a laor of love is something done without expecting any reward. No I really understnd this meaning.
    But I have a doubt :
    I found a definition for A laour of love that is:

    A labour of love
    Meaning
    Work undertaken for the pleasure of it or for the benefit of a loved one.
    and:
    for someone's benefit, so as to produce a desired effect in another's mind.

    So how to give a meaning for A labour of love ?

    thanks
    I don't understand This much is true:
    A labour of love
    Meaning
    Work undertaken for the pleasure of it or for the benefit of a loved one.
    There are a range of possible applications here, from being an unpaid contributor to an online forum () to caring for a terminally ill relative.

    But I don't see the relevance of these words:
    for someone's benefit, so as to produce a desired effect in another's mind.
    To my mind, that should not be part of the definition. If it isn't supposed to be (it's hard to tell from your punctuation), maybe you're finding a definition for part of the first definition: 'for someone's benefit'.

    In that case, you've chosen a special (and in this case inappropriate) use of 'for someone's benefit'. That expression has two meanings, one literal and one figurative. In the case of caring for an invalid, the carer is doing it 'for the invalid's benefit'; that is the literal meaning. The invalid actually benefits.

    The figurative meaning is 'so as to produce a desired effect in another's mind'; here's an example:

    'Having dressed for the party, Amanda thought that her blouse was too revealing, so before leaving her bedroom she carefully covered her top with a scarf for her mother's benefit'.
    [Her mother didn't actually benefit.]



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    Default Re: More doubts on A labour of love

    thank you so much!! well if I take the meaning for someone´s benefit and take only the definition for A labour of love that could be doing something for someone you love, as to please him or her ? I found this definition on a site and the origin of the experession A labour of love comes from the bible.

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    Default Re: More doubts on A labour of love

    Nearly It needn't necessarily please them - it just has to be done for someone else's good.

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    Default Re: More doubts on A labour of love

    thank you again !!!!

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