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Sense: 1
Date: 1300-1400
Language: Anglo-French
Origin: toyl, from Old French toeil 'battle, confusion', from toeillier; TOIL1
Sense: 2
Date: 1500-1600
Origin: toil 'net' (16-19 centuries), from French toile; TOILET

toil

2 noun
     
toil2 [uncountable] formal
1 hard unpleasant work done over a long period:
a life of toil
2

the toils of something

literary if you are caught in the toils of an unpleasant feeling or situation, you are trapped by it

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