sweat equity

noun
unreimbursed labor that results in the increased value of property or that is invested to establish or expand an enterprise.

Origin:
1965–70

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Example sentences
It is painstakingly constructed with sweat equity, vision, investment and long-term commitment.
Homebuyers must contribute a significant amount of sweat equity toward the construction of their homes.
Each family is providing sweat equity in building the project, on land donated by the city.
Most small business owners build their businesses through sweat equity, and you probably will, too.
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