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Idioms and Expressions / Work

dirty work
Definition: Necessary, but uninteresting, or difficult work
He did the dirty work on that project.
Have you got aroundto doing the dirty work yet?

get down to work
Definition: Stop relaxing, focus on important task
Hey, let's get down to work here!
Sorry, I've got to get off thephone and get down to work.

get worked up over something
Definition: become angry or annoyed about something
He got all worked up over the last exam.
Don't getworked up over the garden. I'll take care of it tomorrow.

make short work of something
Definition: do something quickly
I made short work of the assignment and moved onto the next job.
Give it to John. He'll make short work of it.

work like a horse
Definition: work a lot, work very hard
Janet works like a horse!
Why don't youask Tom. He works like a horse.

work out for the best
Definition: eventually finish well
Don't worry about your problems. Everything will work out for the best.
Thedivorce worked out for the best for the whole family.

work something off
Definition: lose weight
I'm going running to work dinner off.
She went to the gym to workoff a few pounds.

throw a monkey wrench in the works
Definition: cause a disturbance in something that seems clear and understandable
I hate to throw a monkeywrench in the works, but don't you think we should ask Andy to help.
Everything was set to go when Jack threw a monkey wrench in the works!

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