to work out



Idiom Definition 1

Idiom Definition - work out

"to work out"

to remove or eliminate by repeated, continuous or applied effort

 

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Idiom Definition 2

Idiom Definition - work out

"to work out"

to solve by work or effort

 

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Idiom Definition 3

Idiom Definition - work out

"to work out"

to formulate or develop

 

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Idiom Definition 4

Idiom Definition - work out

"to work out"

to be successful, effective or satisfactory

 

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Idiom Definition 5

Idiom Definition - work out

"to work out"

to have a specified result

 

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Idiom Definition 6

Idiom Definition - work out

"to work out"

to do exercise for physical conditioning

 

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Idiom Definition 7

Idiom Definition - work out

"to work out"

to exhaust or deplete

 

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Idiom Scenario 1

Idiom Definition - work out

A father and daughter are talking ...

Father:  Are you ready to go?

Daughter:  I need to remove this stain from the floor.

Father:  How long have you been scrubbing?

Daughter:  I spent an hour yesterday and I have been working for about an hour now.

Father:  I'm sure you can work out the stain tomorrow.



Idiom Scenario 2

Idiom Definition - work out

A couple is talking ...

Wife:  Are you ready to go to our couple's therapy session?

Husband:  Do you really think that it will help us with our problems?

Wife:  Absolutely. I know that if we keep trying, we can work out our problems.


Idiom Scenario 3

Idiom Definition - work out

Two scientists are talking ...

Scientist 1:  How are we going to get this chemical reaction to work?

Scientist 2:  Maybe we should consult some scientific journals.

Scientist 1:  We could do that.

Scientist 2:  We know a great deal already. I am sure we can work out a strategy.


Idiom Scenario 4

Idiom Definition - work out

Two businesswomen are talking ...

Businesswoman 1:  How did your proposal go?

Businesswoman 2:  Excellently. The client signed the contract.

Businesswoman 1:  Congratulations. Glad to hear that it worked out so well.

Businesswoman 2:  Thanks.


Idiom Scenario 5

Idiom Definition - work out

Two workers are talking ...

Worker 1:  Did all the packages arrive?

Worker 2:  I'm just adding up the figures now.

Worker 1:  We ordered ten so I hope your count works out to ten.


Idiom Scenario 6

Idiom Definition - work out

Two friends are talking ...

Friend 1:  Wow. You're looking good.

Friend 2:  Thanks. I've been exercising.

Friend 1:  What kind of exercise?

Friend 2:  I've been working out with weights in the gym


Idiom Scenario 7

Idiom Definition - work out

Two miners are talking ...

Miner 1:  I guess we'll have to start looking for new jobs.

Miner 2:  Why is that?

Miner 1:  We have extracted all the minerals available from this mine.

Miner 2:  Really? We've worked out the mine already?

Miner 1:  Yes, there's nothing left.





to work out - Usage:

formal<-------------X--|--------------->informal



to work out - Gerund Form:

Working out a difficult stain is sometimes impossible.

Working out a disagreement can be satisfying.

Working out a detailed plan is the first step.

Working out three times a week is a good exercise regime.



to work out - Examples:

1)  The president said recently he's confident he can work out a "grand bargain" with Republicans on fixing the deficit.

2)  I now only go 2-3 times per week and work out at a much less intense level.

3)  None of us know how this will all work out, but I know we need activists taking action.

4)  I hope my baby sleeps enough that I can get a work out in.

5)  Nobody is, as far as I can tell, trying to work out what dark matter is.

6)  It recommends that plans be worked out and administered by States and localities with the assistance of Federal grants-in-aid.

7)  He worked out hard to develop his physique and became a very good boxer.

8)  Many other developed nations have worked out sustainable models for health care.

9)  The issues with his swing were worked out and Woods bounced back.

10)  In a way, it all worked out perfectly.

11)  At least our prisoners are doing something other than working out, watching cable, and eating 3 square meals a day.

12)  Most people who start working out in hopes of shedding pounds wind up disappointed.

13)  I think the online registration system is working out pretty well.

14)  He spent the next decade slowly working out his plan.

15)  I realized I really had succeeded in working out something worthwhile.

16)  I hope everything works out for you.

17)  The figure in that study works out to an average local multiplier of 0.16 across all retail categories.

18)  In the end, it all works out, with the invisible hand of the market doing what it's supposed to.

19)  I went ice skating last weekend for 1000 won which works out to be less than $1.

20)  The golf club then works out an average score and calculates your handicap accordingly.