ˌwork ˈup to sth

ˌwork ˈup to sth
phrasal verb
to prepare yourself for doing something difficult
Are you working up to telling me that you can't pay?[/ex]

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  • make light work of doing sth — make light work of (doing) sth ► to do something quickly or easily: »Workers from the second shift stayed late so we were able to make light work of unloading the deliveries. Main Entry: ↑light …   Financial and business terms

  • work out at something — ˌwork ˈout (at sth) derived if sth works out at sth, you calculate that it will be a particular amount • + adj. It ll work out cheaper to travel by bus. Main entry: ↑workderived …   Useful english dictionary

  • work up to something — ˌwork ˈup to sth derived to develop or move gradually towards sth, usually sth more exciting or extreme • The music worked up to a rousing finale. • I began by jogging in the park and worked up to running five miles a day. Main entry:… …   Useful english dictionary

  • work — work1 W1S1 [wə:k US wə:rk] v ▬▬▬▬▬▬▬ 1¦(do a job for money)¦ 2¦(do your job)¦ 3¦(help)¦ 4¦(do an activity)¦ 5¦(try to achieve something)¦ 6¦(machine/equipment)¦ 7¦(be effective/successful)¦ 8¦(have an effect)¦ 9¦(art/style/literature)¦ …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • work — 1 verb DO A JOB 1 (I) to do a job that you are paid for: Harry is 78, and still working. (+ for): David works for the BBC. | work as a secretary/builder etc: She works as a management consultant for a design company. | work long hours/nights etc …   Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • work*/*/*/ — [wɜːk] verb I 1) to have a job Dominic works part time.[/ex] She works for a big law firm in the city.[/ex] She worked as a journalist.[/ex] I hope to work in marketing when I m older.[/ex] 2) [I] to spend time and use effort trying to achieve… …   Dictionary for writing and speaking English

  • work — ▪ I. work work 1 [wɜːk ǁ wɜːrk] verb 1. [intransitive] to do a job that you are paid for: • Harry is 78 and still working. • Most of the people I went to school with work in factories. work for • David works for a broadcasting company …   Financial and business terms

  • work out — UK US work out Phrasal Verb with work({{}}/wɜːk/ verb ► to be successful or develop in a particular way: »I hope your new job works out. ► to have a particular result or type of result: »These figures work out different every time I do them. »It… …   Financial and business terms

  • work your way up sth — (also work your way up to sth) ► to do a series of jobs at different levels in an organization until you reach a position at the top of the organization: »She joined the company as a sales rep but worked her way up to managing director. work your …   Financial and business terms

  • work at something — ˈwork at sth derived to make great efforts to achieve sth or do sth well • He s working at losing weight. • Learning to play the piano isn t easy. You have to work at it. Main entry: ↑work …   Useful english dictionary

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