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Which is the correct word for the expressions?

-It's far too wet to go for a walk. Why don't we shoulder/arm/head for that cafe instead?
-i'm fed up with working my fingers/hands.wrists to the bone. It's time I found a job with shorter hours or a better salary.

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    Hello Maria:

    You write with great humor. "Why don't we HEAD for that cafe." is the common expression.

    It probably derives from the fact that with strong intentions to go somewhere, the head tilts forward, and "leads". Also, a "heading" is a navigational term which is used in Maritime or seagoing directions. Airplanes also adopted this, as the term is applicable in Military references.


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    The common expression is that we "work our fingers to the bone". This is simply a common convention in speech in the USA.
    ---Warm Regards, Bruce

    1.) It's far too wet to go for a walk. Why don't we head for that cafe instead?
    -- A "heading" is the direction that a boat or plane (or person) is navigating toward. To "head" somewhere means 'to move in a specific direction'.

    2.) I'm fed up with working my fingers/hands.wrists to the bone. It's time I found a job with shorter hours or a better salary.
    -- The correct expression is "working my fingers to the bone". It means 'to work very, very hard'!

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