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To begin your search, go to the alphabetical index below and click on the first letter of the word you are searching for.

labour at, labour for, labour over, labour toward

To labour at or over something implies that the task is difficult.

  • The candidate laboured at writing a humble acceptance speech.
  • Marika laboured all night long over her final essay.

To labour for or toward something emphasizes the goal.

  • Although they were weary, they continued to labour for change.
  • As long as he lives, Juan will labour toward the freedom of his homeland.