Definition of toils noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



BrE BrE//tɔɪlz//
; NAmE NAmE//tɔɪlz//
[plural] (formal or literary)
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if you are caught in the toils of an unpleasant feeling or situation, you cannot escape from it synonym snare Word Originearly 16th cent. (denoting a net into which a hunted animal is driven): plural of toil, from Old French toile ‘net, trap’, from Latin tela ‘web’.

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