To achieve extraordinary results, especially in trying to improve a situation. The therapist we hired has worked miracles with Johnny's behavioral issues. If we're going to bring this company back to its former glory, we'll need a marketing team that can work miracles.
To produce excellent results or be extremely effective, especially unexpectedly. You'll love this new face cream. It works wonders on my wrinkles. It's amazing how the overhead lighting works wonders with this room—it's like an entirely new space.
work wonders (with someone or something)
to be surprisingly beneficial to someone or something; to be very helpful with someone or something. This new medicine works wonders with my headaches. Jean was able to work wonders with the office staff. They improved their efficiency as soon as she took over.
Succeed, produce a good outcome, as in The new coat of paint works wonders with this bedroom, or The physical therapy has worked wonders with these patients. Literally meaning "perform miracles," this term has been used somewhat more loosely since the 1700s. Also see work like a charm.
COMMON If someone or something works wonders, they have a very good effect on something. A few moments of relaxation can work wonders. The new manager has worked wonders at the club.
work (or do) wondershave a very beneficial effect on someone or something.
1997 Paul Wilson Calm at Work While it is true that holidays work wonders for the relief of stress, the relief is only temporary.
work/do ˈwonders/ˈmiracles (for/on/with somebody/something)(informal) have a very good effect (on somebody/something); quickly succeed: Getting the job did wonders for her self-confidence. ♢ This washing powder will work miracles on those difficult stains. ▶ ˈmiracle-worker noun: I just don’t have enough time to finish it. I’m sorry, but I’m not a miracle-worker.
To have a beneficial effect: This tonic will do wonders for you.
See also: wonder