to work the bugs out

Idiom Definition

Idiom Definition - work the bugs out

"to work the bugs out"

to identify and rectify problems or minor defects in a machine or system


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Idiom Scenario 1

Idiom Definition - work the bugs out

Two colleagues are talking ...

Colleague 1:  This new automated order entry system is driving me crazy.

Colleague 2:  Be patient. It has only been a week. With a system this large and complex, there are bound to be a few problems here and there. Give the systems engineers a little time to work the bugs out of the system.

Colleague 1:  I suppose you are right. When the little glitches are fixed, the system will definitely make our lives easier.

Idiom Scenario 2

Idiom Definition - work the bugs out

Two friends are talking ...

Friend 1:  Looks like your favorite hockey team is in trouble. They mixed up the lines trying to improve their performance and they have lost their last eight games. Playoffs are coming up soon.

Friend 2:  And that is exactly why the team made all the changes. They plan to win the playoffs.

Friend 1:  You had better hope they work the bugs out before it is too late.

Friend 2:  Give them another game or two to adjust and learn the new plays and they will dominate.

to work the bugs out - Usage:


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to work the bugs out - Gerund Form:

Getting the bugs out of a malfunctioning piece of software can be a huge job.

to work the bugs out - Examples:

1)  That's why they call it exhibition games, try to work the bugs out.

2)  ... run it for three or four months, work the bugs out.

3)   We have a number of shows before we hit Balmoral so we can work the bugs out and the fears out.

4)  ... might just be a way to develop the system and work the bugs out.

5)  Once we work the bugs out of the new locomotives they will be as good as the ones which are ...

6)  ... a good year to design and build a car, and another to work the bugs out

7)  ... currently open to select early users, in order to generate feedback and work the bugs out of the system.

8)  ... moved to the automated system four years ago and they have failed to work the bugs out, ...

9)  It always takes a while to fine tune it and work the bugs out.

10)  ... geothermal system for two months. They say it took a while to work the bugs out, but now it works perfectly. 

11)  ... or if it's a new product where you need to work the bugs out before mass production.

12)  However, he and his engineering team slowly worked the bugs out, taking their time, studying the layout prints and tracing every small detail ...

13)  If they needed to hire extra people to have available while they worked the bugs out of their system, they should have done that. 

14)  ... actually playing, so it's more just working on our systems, working the bugs out.

15)  If the engineers had had time for quality control and working the bugs out, I think the Cord would have been a bigger hit.

16)  I'd like to have something in a hatchery by either late fall or early spring, run it for three or four months, work the bugs out.

17)  That's why they call it exhibition games, try to work the bugs out.

18)  Kincaid forces Max to try his hand at controlling Creed in order to “work the bugs out” of the new technology.

19)  Please be patient while we launch the full site in stages and work on each section to work the “bugs” out.

20)  It took a while to work the bugs out, but traffic lights soon became ubiquitous in Hamilton and around the world.