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back to the salt mines

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back to the salt mines

adverb phrase

Returned to hard work and unremitting discomfort after a period of relative ease and pleasure: I had a week off, then back to the salt mines

[1920s+; fr the tradition of Russian penal servitude in Siberian salt mines]


The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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Idioms and Phrases with back to the salt mines
Resume work, usually with some reluctance, as in With my slavedriver of a boss, even on Saturdays it's back to the salt mines. This term alludes to the Russian practice of punishing prisoners by sending them to work in the salt mines of Siberia. Today the term is only used ironically. [ Late 1800s ]
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