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    another sentence in Pelican Brief

    I am reading a novel, Pelican Brief. I don't understand the underlined part of this sentence.
    I wonder what it means and how it has come to have the meaning?
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    It's been a long week. Seven days ago I was just another law student busting my tail to get to the top.
    Now look at me.
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    Thank you very much!

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    Re: another sentence in Pelican Brief

    bust one's tail (variations include, bust one's ass, bust one's butt) means to work or perform to one's utmost; exert oneself mightily.

    From Dictionary of American Slang, Third Edition (1995) by R.L. Chapman

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