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    to work socks off

    Hi,

    Does it mean "to put off"?

    Despite my reservations about him as a person and a manager, Benítez persuaded his players to work their socks off for him, so there must be some inspirational quality there: fear, or respect, or skill on his part. You never saw his teams throw in the towel, and he deserves credit for that.

    So does it mean that Benitez persuaded his players to respect him? If we assume that work sucks off conveys in a way to give respect to someone.

    and

    Does You never saw his teams throw in the towel, and he deserves credit for that. means that their players didn't show up thrown in the towel for him? or in general? They didn't even shown up like that even in TV being in the dressing room?!

    and

    what about "to deserve credit for"? that I've looked for ended up here. but I'm not sure if I would have understood the concept.

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    Re: to work socks off

    It's a boxing symbol. When a coach knows his player is seriously injured, and should stop the fight, the manager can make that decision by throwing a towel into the ring, signifying the end of the match. It means "quit." So this man's teams never gave up despite the presumed stress.

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    Re: to work socks off

    To work their socks off means to work as hard as they could.

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