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work to US English

Follow or operate within the constraints of (a plan or system)

work US English

Activity involving mental or physical effort done in order to achieve a purpose or result

work US Thesaurus

a day's work in the fields

work up to US English

Proceed gradually toward (something more advanced or intense)

cold-work US English

Shape (metal) while it is cold

set to work US English

Begin or cause to begin work

work-to-rule New Oxford Dictionary for Writers & Editors

(hyphens, three words as verb)

right-to-work US English

Relating to or promoting a worker’s right not to be required to join a labor union

work-harden US English

Toughen (a metal) by cold-working

welfare-to-work US English

Denoting government policies that encourage those receiving welfare benefits to find a job, for example by providing job training

work to in work US English

Follow or operate within the constraints of (a plan or system)

at work in work US English

Engaged in work

set to work in work US English

Begin or cause to begin work

work out in work US English

(Of an equation) be capable of being solved

work up to in work US English

Proceed gradually toward (something more advanced or intense)

the devil finds work for idle hands to do US English

Someone who doesn’t have enough work to do is liable to cause or get into trouble

nice work in nice US English

Expressing approval of a task well done

work wonders in wonder US English

Have a very beneficial effect on someone or something

the work of —— in work US English

A task occupying a specified amount of time

work something in in work US English

Include or incorporate something, typically in something spoken or written

work something off in work US English

Discharge a debt by working

work someone out in work US English

Understand someone’s character

work something out in work US English

Solve a sum or determine an amount by calculation

work through in work US English

Go through a process of understanding and accepting (a painful or difficult situation)

get worked up in work US English

Gradually bring someone, especially oneself, to a state of intense excitement, anger, or anxiety

work something up in work US English

Bring something gradually to a more complete or satisfactory state

one's life's work in life US English

The work (especially that of an academic or artistic nature) accomplished in or pursued throughout someone’s lifetime

—— a treat in treat US English

Used to indicate that someone or something does something specified very well or satisfactorily

work someone over in work US English

Treat someone with violence; beat someone severely

work one's passage in passage1 US English

Work in return for a free place on a voyage

work like a Trojan in Trojan US English

Work extremely hard

work one's ass off in work US English

Work extremely hard

work one's passage in work US English

Pay for one’s journey on a ship with work instead of money

work one's will on/upon in work US English

Accomplish one’s purpose on

work the streets in work US English

(Of a prostitute) seek clients in the street, rather than work in a brothel

work like a charm in charm US English

Be completely successful or effective

make light work of in light2 US English

Accomplish (a task) quickly and easily

make short work of in short US English

Accomplish, consume, or destroy quickly

set to work or set someone to work in work US English

Begin or cause to begin work

all in a day's work in day US English

(Of something unusual or difficult) accepted as part of someone’s normal routine or as a matter of course

have one's work cut out in work US English

Be faced with a hard or lengthy task


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