to be employedI want to work, I don't want to be on welfare.
have a job,
earn a living,
be in work,
hold down a job
to do workMy father worked hard all his life.
farmers labouring in the fields
slaving over a hot stove
Boys toiled in the hot sun to finish the wall.
slog (away), ,
He never exerts himself for other people.
break your back
(of a machine or a piece of equipment) to function, esp. effectivelyThe pump doesn't work and we have no running water.
The authorities say the prison is now functioning properly.
My car isn't going very well at the moment.
the staff who have kept the bank running
The machine operates at a pace of just 2 miles per hour.
This car performs well.
be in working order
be out of order
(of a plan or system) to be successfulMost of these diets don't work.
a move which would make any future talks even more unlikely to succeed
I hope everything works out for you in your new job.
pay off (informal),
Her persistence paid off in the end.
do the trick (informal),
Sometimes a few choice words will do the trick.
do the business (informal),
turn out well,
have the desired result,
go as planned
Modern medicine can work miracles.
If we all work together, I think we can accomplish our goal.
I don't want to cause any trouble.
Criticism will only create feelings of failure.
Prospects for effecting real political change have taken a step backward.
There are many who will work hard to achieve these goals.
The government promised to implement a new system to control loan institutions.
execute, , ,
We are going to execute our campaign plan to the letter.
The oil companies were accused of contriving a shortage of gasoline to justify price increases.
a performer with the ability to work an audience
These stories surprised and moved me.
I only take on work that excites me.
He did more to rouse the crowd than anybody else.
The thought of them inheriting all these things agitated her.
He incited his fellow citizens to take revenge.
The appeal has galvanized them into taking positive action.
to cultivate (land)Farmers worked the fertile valleys.
to operate (a machine or a piece of equipment)I learnt how to work the forklift.
The men were trapped as they operated a tunnelling machine.
Officials used loud-hailers to call for calm.
He now controls the largest retail development empire in southern California.
You should not let other people control you.
Don't expect to be able to drive a car or operate machinery.
Her daughter couldn't manage the horse.
She will direct day-to-day operations.
One report said the aircraft would become difficult to handle.
complex tasks such as hanging 90 feet in the air trying to manipulate a mechanical arm
She appeared at the door, wielding a new walking stick.
With startling efficiency, the chef plied his knives.
Work the dough with your hands until it is very smooth.
The way he can manipulate my leg has helped my arthritis so much.
They now make cars at two plants in Europe.
The bowl was formed out of clay.
A number of applications are being processed at the moment.
The desk was fashioned out of oak.
Like it or not, our families shape our lives.
We moulded a statue out of mud.
Lightly knead the mixture on a floured surface.
to make (one's way) with effortRescuers were still working their way towards the trapped men.
His face was working in his sleep.
to manipulate to one's own advantage(informal) Some clever people work it so that they never have to pay taxes.
paid employment at a job, trade, or professionWhat kind of work do you do?
She was unable to find employment in the area.
He was a serious man, dedicated to his calling as a physician.
May I ask what business you are in?
the pressure of being the first woman in the job
What was your father's line of business?
the honour and dignity of the office of President
He was a jeweller by trade.
My duty is to look after the animals.
All kinds of traditional crafts are preserved here.
Harper was a teacher by profession.
I was looking for an occupation which would allow me to travel.
They both love outdoor pursuits.
fishermen who depend on the seas for their livelihood.
physical or mental effort directed to doing or making somethingThis needs time and a lot of hard work.
A great deal of effort had been put into the planning.
No one doubted his industry or his integrity.
the labour of seeding, planting and harvesting
grind (informal), ,
Life continues to be a terrible grind for the ordinary person.
It is only toil which gives meaning to things.
There is little to show for two years of hard slog.
panting from the exertion of climbing the stairs
the drudgery of everyday life
He did whatever he could to ease their travail.
duties or tasksI used to take work home, but I don't do it any more.
task, , , , , , ,
He had the unenviable task of breaking the bad news.
yakka (Australian, New Zealand, informal)
Police say the break-ins are the work of a local criminal gang.
something done or made as a result of effortIn my opinion, this is Rembrandt's greatest work.
The bathroom is entirely my own creation.
The study looked at the performance of 18 surgeons.
an orchestral piece
the apparent lack of skill in the production of much new modern art
She couldn't find a publisher for her latest opus.
It is the achievement of these goals that will bring lasting peace.
Bach's compositions are undoubtedly among the greatest ever written.
oeuvre (French), ,
See out of work
See work on someone
See work out
See work someone up
related mania ergasiomania
related phobia ergasiophobia
I just don't happen to think [work]'s an appropriate subject for an ethic – Goodbye to the Work Ethic]Work expands so as to fill the time available for its completion – Parkinson's Law]I mean, really: Why work? Simply to buy more stuff? – Generation X]Work is the curse of the drinking classesWork is the great cure of all maladies and miseries that ever beset mankindIf any would not work, neither should he eat [Bible: II Thessalonians]All that matters is love and workAnyone can do any amount of work, provided it isn't the work he is supposed to be doing
All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy
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in the sense of achieve
to gain by hard work or effortThere are many who will work hard to achieve these goals.
in the sense of achievement
the successful completion of somethingIt is the achievement of these goals that will bring lasting peace.
Video: pronunciation of 'work'
work 的词库—— 柯林斯 英语词库
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