Phrasal Verbs with Work

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Here you will learn 12 Phrasal Verbs with Work.

to work around, to work on, to work towards something and more

I have split them into two sections. 

In the video lesson you will 4 Phrasal verbs and when you scroll down, you will learn 8 more.

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12 Phrasal Verbs with Work

Hi there. Welcome to Harry’s World of Words and Phrases and English in a Minute.

We’re now going to look at Phrasal Verbs using the verb ‘to work’ and the prepositions OUT, OFF, UP and ON. So we’ll take them one at a time.

Let’s first of all take

work out

I am going to work out a solution to this problem.

So you’re working on a crossword puzzle, you can work out, you can find the solution.

work off something

Meaning: to get rid of something unpleasant by energetic physical activity

Examples:

We had a very good Christmas and New Year, we put on a few extra kilos so we want to work off that weight.

We want to go out for a run and work it off.

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work up

Meaning: to get ready for something or prepare for something

So we can say:

‘Let’s go outside and have a good walk for 5 or 7 kilometres and we’ll work up an appetite.’

Meaning we’ll become hungry so when we go home we can have a nice meal.

And then finally

work on

To work on something.

I am going to work on that project all weekend cause I really need to finish it by Monday.

 

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12 Phrasal Verbs with Work

work off

Meaning: to repay a debt by working without pay

Example:

It took a year to work off what she owed the company.

work on someone

Meaning: to try to influence someone by constantly persuading them

Example:

My half brother has a house in the south of France. I’ll work on him to let us have it for a week in May.

work up to something

Meaning: to develop into something

Example:

The movie works up to a big revelation that doesn’t surprise anyone.

work around

Meaning: to organise your activities to accomplish or achieve something in such a way as to avoid some difficulty or problem

Example:

The following procedure helps to work around this issue. However, a permanent fix is yet to be released.

work at something

Meaning: to make an effort to achieve or improve something

Example:

If she works at improving her business English skills, she could get that managerial position she is looking for.

work someone over

Meaning: to attack and injure someone severely

Example:

The police worked him over pretty bad before they took him into the station.

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work through

Meaning: to deal with a problem or difficulty successfully by thinking and talking about it in detail

Example:

We’ll able to work it through when we get there.

work towards

Meaning: to make a real effort in order to reach or achieve some particular goal or position

Example:

She worked towards her law degree while working part-time in a small private company.

work out

Meaning: to exercise in order to improve the appearance of your body

Example:

I started working out regularly when I was 17.

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