Attitude (often motto) present in many elitist or successful groups of people especially at wealthy, elite private schools, expensive highly-ranked universities, and among yuppies. Basically means that one works hard at school or their job while they also party on the weekends (or weekdays as well, depending on how far they take it).

Stupid because it basically provides an excuse for mindless partying directing one's life without any space for taking anything seriously in the world.

Sometimes leads to side effects like alcoholism. Usually outgrown as one gets older.
Ivy league student: Hey look at me I'M SO DRUNK HAHAHA

Old high school friend: Wow you weren't like this in high school. As I recall you were really studious and nerdy...

Ivy league student: WHAT CAN I SAY WORK HARD PLAY HARD
by pisstake March 28, 2011
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working hard at one's job whether it's hustling or an actual job so you can have fun and party without any worries
by Lalaaa July 06, 2013
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A person who’s incredibly dedicated to their career and often has more then one job yet never turns down a good time. Their schedule is so crammed with work and social events that they have to pull out a 20lb planner to pencil you in.
Work hard play hard. Alishia. On top of her game, educated, has a full-time career, dedicated mother, plans every detail of her life. She’s so busy that when you text her she will forget to text you back but will call you in a rush on speaker phone on her way to next event or as she’s working on something. (There will always be another person she’s speaking to at the same time) However, when it’s time to go out she will pregame in the car with fireball shots, drop it like it’s hot when her song comes on, and she’s a social butterfly loved by everyone she meets.
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Yo that girl Natalie, she works day and night rakin’ in that dough then she goes off and slurps does and flys half way across the damn world, slams Twisted Teas and races like a motherfucker, look that shit up in the dictionaey and her name comes up, that girl is the definition of what it means to Work Hard Play Hard.
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Term usually given to schools such as Vanderbilt, prestigious colleges that offer a great party atmosphere as well.
Vanderbilt, A work hard play hard school.
by vandyfan1994 November 08, 2010
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Buzzword (technically phrase) frequently used to describe the 'culture' of a company, particularly startups or larger corps trying to project a cool image. In serious usage it's intended to imply that while there's a lot to do it's never thankless and that employees enjoy the experience overall; in practice, it generally means you're going to be working a lot of late nights without overtime for fear you won't be seen as a 'team player'; if you're lucky, this is recompensed by an open bar at the company holiday party.

You're probably not lucky, if you've taken a job where this was supposed to be one of the selling points.
"This is a really vibrant, growing organization. People love it here. We work hard and play hard." -- an interviewer you should not trust with your life or your livelihood. Run.
by ardith March 22, 2013
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A person who’s incredibly dedicated to their career and often has more then one job yet never turns down a good time. Their schedule is so crammed with work and social events that they have to pull out a 20lb planner to pencil you in.
Work hard play hard. Alishia. On top of her game, educated, has a full-time career, dedicated mother, plans every detail of her life. She’s so busy that when you text her she will forget to text you back but will call you in a rush on speaker phone on her way to next event or as she’s working on something. (There will always be another person she’s speaking to at the same time) However, when it’s time to go out she will pregame in the car with fireball shots, drop it like it’s hot when her song comes on, and she’s a social butterfly loved by everyone she meets.
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