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at work

1. At one's place of employment. Mom, I can't help you right now, I'm at work. How much longer will you be at work?
2. Engaged in a particular task. Your father is hard at work in the garage, trying to fix his car. Don't disturb Alice while she's at work on her term paper.
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at work

 
1. at one's place of work. I'm sorry to call you at work, but this is important. She's at work now. She'll be home at supper time.
2. working [at something]; busy [with something]. (See also at play.) Tom is presently at work on his project. He'll be finished in a half hour. Don't disturb me when I'm busy at work.
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at work

1. Engaged in a job or other activity, as in The contractor is hard at work on the new building, or The little boy was fascinated to see the washing machine at work. [Early 1600s]
2. At one's office or other place of business, as in Is it all right if I telephone you at work? [Late 1800s]
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at work

1. Engaged in labor; working: at work on a new project.
2. In operation: inflationary forces at work in the economy.
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The company believes that employees who handle some of their personal business at work will take less time off.
In 1996, assaults and violent actions resulted in the deaths of 1,144 individuals while at work (BLS, 1997, Aug).
earning money at work makes him different, makes him be seen in a different way.
At the other extreme, in Massachusetts, where both child labor and compulsory schooling legislation constrained juvenile employment below age fourteen, child labor below fourteen was evidently rare - less than 5 percent among children of native-born white Protestant heads of household and under 14 percent among children of Irish household heads with any children at work.
The costs of replacement hiring and training, and the indirect costs of lowered productivity due to lost days at work and low employee morale are also considerable.
Photographs of these flower-makers at work suggest another attraction of that trade; it was the only local shop that brought groups of women together under one roof, providing an opportunity to develop and maintain friendships.
Workers in one WSI did tir house cleaning in an apartment complex during the dayte when virtually all of the tenants were at work.
Exceptions are Corlann Gee Bush, "'He Isn't Half So Cranky as He Used to Be': Agricultural Mechanization, Comparable Worth, and the Changing Farm Family," and Sarah Elbert, "Amber Waves of Gain: Women's Work in New York Farm Families," both in To Toil the Livelong Day: America's Women at Work, 1780-1980, eds.