to arrange sth in a particular way, especially by being clever:
I managed to work it so that I could have a day free for sightseeing.
work to rule
to follow the rules of your job in a very strict way in order to cause delay, as a form of protest against your employer or your working conditions
ADVANTAGE, GROUND noun, LONG
to develop in a successful way:
My first job didn't work out.
Things have worked out quite well for us.
work out (at sth)
if sth works out at sth, you calculate that it will be a particular amount:
That works out at almost $500.
It would work out cheaper to fly.
work sth out
to calculate an amount or the cost of sth:
We need to work out how much it will cost.
to find the answer to sth; to solve sth:
I finally worked out what the problem was.
to plan or think of sth:
Have you worked out the best way to do it?
SYN FIGURE OUT
work to sth
to follow a plan, timetable, etc:
to work to a budget
We're working to a very tight deadline
(= we have little time in which to do the work).
work towards sth
to try to reach or achieve a goal:
We're working towards a profit of $2 million this year.
work sth up
to spend time developing sth:
to work up a business plan
It took me an hour to work up the courage to make the phone call.
ASSIGNMENT WORK, CONTINGENT WORK, MAKE-WORK, OUT OF WORK, WELFARE TO WORK
the job that a person does:
I'm looking for work.
I started work as soon as I left school.
◆ (BrE) Official figures show that the number of people in work (= who have a job) has risen by 65 000 this year.
What line of work are you in
(= what type of work do you do)?
More and more mothers of young children are going out to work now.
SYN EMPLOYMENT See note at JOB
❖ full-time/part-time/permanent/regular/temporary work
◆ paid/unpaid/voluntary work
◆ badly paid/well-paid work
◆ to find/get/look for/seek work
◆ to give up/go back to/return to/start work
2 [U] (used without the)
the place where you do your job:
I go to work at 8 a.m.
She had to leave work early today.
The new legislation concerns health and safety at work.
❖ to go to/leave work
◆ (be) at/off work
the duties that you have and the activities that you do as part of your job:
The accountant described his work to the sales staff.
Do you enjoy your work?
Power-plant work is hard, dangerous and often boring.
Who handles the day-to-day work of the department?
What time do you finish work today?
Are you going out after work
(= this evening)?
❖ administrative/clerical/factory/office/secretarial work
◆ to do/produce/take on/undertake work
◆ to begin/finish/start/stop work
tasks that need to be done:
I have some work for you to do.
Pressure of work forced him to cancel his trip.
We have a lot of work on at the moment.
❖ to take on/do/have/undertake work
materials needed or used for doing work, especially books, papers, etc:
She often brings work home with her.
activity that uses physical strength or mental power in order to do or make sth:
She got her promotion through sheer hard work.
We started work on the project two years ago.
Work continues on renovating the hotel.
❖ to carry out/put in work
◆ to complete/halt/start/stop work
a thing or things that are produced as a result of work:
She did her best work before she was 30.
His work is always faultless.
The analysis is an impressive piece of work.
❖ bad/good/innovative/major/outstanding work
the result of an action; what is done by sb:
The report was the work of the company's production manager.
The manual was the joint work of 11 authors.
9 works [pl.] (often used with other nouns)
activities involving building or repairing sth:
falling government spending on public works projects
10 works [C with sing./pl. verb] (plural works) (often used with other nouns)
a place where things are made or industrial processes are carried out:
an engineering works
They are worried that pollution from the works will affect a wide area. See note at FACTORY
❖ a cement/chemical/gas/steel works
◆ to open/close (down)/shut down a works
◆ the works close (down)/open the works canteen/foreman/manager/supervisor
11 the works [pl.] (informal)
the moving parts of a machine, etc.
at work (on sth)
busy doing sth:
Everybody is hard at work on the new project.
get (down) to/set to work
to begin; to make a start
in the works
something that is in the works is being discussed, planned or prepared and will happen or exist soon
DIRTY, JOB noun, LIGHT