The word ‘work’ can mean many different things. As a verb, the meaning is to perform tasks (often for money) or to function.
- I’m working on my essay today. (perform tasks)
- My phone has stopped working. (function)
Work is a regular verb. The past tense and past participle is worked.
idioms list with ‘work’
- donkey work – the hard/boring work
e.g. Once all the donkey work is out of the way, we can relax a bit.
- have one’s work cut out – a hard/difficult job/task
e.g. Our colleague is on holiday, so we have our work cut out this week.
- line of work – the type of work a person does to earn money
e.g. My line of work is very dangerous, but the pay is great.
- work one’s fingers to the bone – work very hard
e.g. My dad worked his fingers to the bone then died a week after he retired.
- work one’s socks off – work very hard
e.g. Harley worked his socks off and bought his dream car.
Let’s see these idioms with pictures and meaning using real-life scenarios.
Hey, did you know the verb ‘work’ has many phrasal verbs. Since you like idioms and phrases, you obviously want to improve your fluency and speak like a native.
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I thought you might like to learn the phrasal verbs with ‘work’ too. They are very common in informal English and great to know/be able to understand if you happen to be speaking to a native. We use them all the time, like literally ALL the time.