glutton for punishment


1. eager to take on difficult or challenging tasks






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he/she is a glutton for punishment

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A 'glutton' is a greedy or excessive eater. A 'glutton for punishment' is someone who is greedy for unpleasant or difficult tasks. Someone who is a 'glutton for punishment' may choose the more difficult option than an easier one in order to get a better result. You will hear this used in social and professional contexts.

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  1. Tom was working late every night. When he started working weekends, everyone thought he was just a glutton for punishment. It was crazy!
  2. I volunteered to do a lot of extra work on this project and to be in charge of the social committee. I must be a glutton for punishment.

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  1. You're a glutton for punishment, the man told his wife when she volunteered to organise a street party for the neighbours.
  2. When the student opted to take an extra module in final year, his lecturer told him he was a glutton for punishment.

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