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  • noun Plural form of toil.
  • verb Third-person singular simple present indicative form of toil.


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  • We rested from our mountain toils - toils in a double sense - in a beautiful valley twelve miles long, and from four to five broad, intersected by several willow and aspen bordered streams, tributary to Salmon River, which flows through the valley in

    Life in the Rocky Mountains

  • The insatiability of the desire prevents that which is the only end proposed in toils, namely, self-gratification; "the man" thus gets no "good" out of his wealth (Ec

    Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible

  • Young clergymen have this way of falling, at sight, into the toils, which is vastly refreshing to middle-aged observers.

    The Atlantic Monthly, Volume 17, No. 102, April, 1866

  • -- Ask her what Heracles would have been, what your own Theseus would have been, if they had listened to the voice of pleasure, and shrunk back from toil: their toils were the only check upon wickedness, which else must have overrun the whole

    Works of Lucian of Samosata — Volume 03

  • Lover of the soil and desirous, in harmony with Augustus, to attract the Italians back to a taste for agriculture, he wrote the _Georgics_: that is, the toils of the field, describing these labours with singular exactitude and precision; then, to give the reader variety, he introduced from time to time an episode which is a fragment of history or of mythological legend.

    Initiation into Literature

  • Mediterranean from the hills of Asia, and hailed with rapture the boundary of their toils.

    Chapter 24

  • I was like a wild beast that had broken the toils; destroying the objects that obstructed me, and ranging through the wood with a stag-like swiftness.

    Chapter 16

  • While Willis toils, their sneakup and their slave:

    The Age Reviewed

  • And sometimes the young men came back with strange tales of dangers and toils in the lands beyond the Pellys, and sometimes they did not come back.


  • You are in the toils of an idea, the idea of selection, as I well know, and you exploit it like a drudge.

    The Kempton-Wace Letters


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