beaver away

verb
work hard on something
Syn: ↑beaver
Derivationally related forms: ↑beaver (for: ↑beaver)
Hypernyms: ↑work
Verb Frames:
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Somebody ——s PP

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(informal).See slog verb sense 1.
beaver

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beaver away (informal)
To work very hard (at)
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Main Entry:beaver

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ˌbeaver a ˈway [intransitive] [present tense I/you/we/they beaver away he/she/it beavers away present participle beavering away past tense beavered away past participle beavered away] informal phrasal verb
if you beaver away at something, you work very hard at it
beaver away at:

He was beavering away at his homework until after midnight.

Thesaurus: to work hardsynonym
Main entry: beaver

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beaver away [phrasal verb]
informal : to work in a very active and energetic way

They've been beavering away for hours.

— often + at

They're still beavering away at the problem.

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Main Entry:beaver

Useful english dictionary. 2012.

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  • beaver away — phrasal verb [intransitive] Word forms beaver away : present tense I/you/we/they beaver away he/she/it beavers away present participle beavering away past tense beavered away past participle beavered away informal if you beaver away at something …   English dictionary

  • beaver away — v. (slang) (BE) (D; intr.) ( to work hard ) to beaver away at * * * (slang) (BE) (D; intr.) ( to work hard ) to beaver away at …   Combinatory dictionary

  • beaver away — PHRASAL VERB If you are beavering away at something, you are working very hard at it. [V P at/on n] They had a team of architects beavering away at a scheme for the rehabilitation of District 6... [V P] They are beavering away to get everything… …   English dictionary

  • beaver away — informal work hard. → beaver …   English new terms dictionary

  • beaver away — verb To busily undertake a large task. She wont be going out much, as shes beavering away on her thesis …   Wiktionary

  • beaver away (at something) — ˌbeaver aˈway (at sth) derived (informal) to work very hard at sth • He s been beavering away at the accounts all morning. Main entry: ↑beaverderived …   Useful english dictionary

  • beaver — ► NOUN (pl. same or beavers) 1) a large semiaquatic rodent noted for gnawing through trees in order to make dams. 2) a hat made of felted beaver fur. 3) a very hard working person. ► VERB (often beaver away) informal ▪ work hard …   English terms dictionary

  • beaver — bea|ver1 [ bivər ] noun 1. ) count a small North American animal that has a wide flat tail and thick fur. Beavers cut down trees with their teeth and build DAMS (=walls) across streams. 2. ) uncount the fur of a beaver, used for making clothes… …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • beaver — bea|ver1 [ˈbi:və US ər] n [: Old English; Origin: beofor] a North American animal that has thick fur and a wide flat tail, and cuts down trees with its teeth →eager beaver at ↑eager beaver 2 beaver2 v beaver away phr v to work very hard,… …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • beaver — beaver1 noun (plural same or beavers) 1》 a large semiaquatic broad tailed rodent, noted for its habit of gnawing through trees to fell them in order to make lodges and dams. [Castor canadensis (N. America) and C. fiber (Eurasia).]     ↘the soft… …   English new terms dictionary

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