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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.