salt mines

salt mine

noun
1.
a mine from which salt is excavated.
2.
Usually, salt mines. a place of habitual confinement and drudgery: After two weeks of vacation it will be back to the salt mines for the staff.

Origin:
1675–85

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Dense quarters housing large numbers of programmers working long hours on grungy projects, with some hope of seeing the end of the tunnel in N years. Noted for their absence of sunshine. Compare playpen, sandbox.
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