work away


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work away (at something)

to continue to work industriously at something. All the weavers were working away at their looms. They just kept working away.
See also: away, work

work away

v.
1. To labor continuously with zealousness or diligence: I've been working away on the problem all night. I worked away at the problem until I solved it. We must work away until we are finished.
2. To remove or eliminate something from something by repeated, continuous, or applied effort: I worked away the rough spots with sandpaper. I worked the metal burrs away with a rasp.
3. To damage, diminish, erode, or consume by long or hard use, attrition, or exposure: Years of exposure to rain and snow finally worked away the paint. You can see where the hinges have worked the wood away.
See also: away, work
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Brendan said: "There are so many creative people in the area, working away in their workshops, sending work away all over the country, but not selling their work locally, and as one of them, I wanted to do something about it.
Owner needs to move on due to health reasons, but not willing to give their hard work away.
Granted, he is still a long way behind an in-form Kauto Star, and even further behind Denman, but after those two it's game on and Jonjo O'Neill will work away to have him in peak form come March.
Also new is the Mini Laboratory Unit for curing UV inks, coatings or adhesives, which allows users to work away from the production line.
HOLIDAY MAKERS waste annual leave by taking their work away with them, a survey out today shows.
We're sequencing around the hot spots and sensitive areas and we've kept the main concentration of work away from it,'' said Todd Whitehouse, general superintendent of the construction firm PCL Construction.
You are not going to step into a market with professionals who know that area backwards and forwards and pull work away from them unless you are very cheap.
They work away from home for long lengths of time and use prostitutes who could very well be infected.
A drive to protect the health and safety of the growing army of people who work away from offices is being launched by the Government.
The face-lift includes a business park and warehouse district in a 100-hectare lot built into a neighboring hill, keeping most of the port's busy work away from the water.
I just feel sorry for all those art students who work away for an entire career and are never lucky enough to get their own exhibition at the Walker.
The partners of business travellers who frequently work away are three times as likely to suffer mental health problems, a study has found.
THE huge rises in house prices everywhere are due to the fact that thousands of Londoners work away from the city.
If only you work away at the rotten areas of yourself on which the light of Christ has been shed, then the burden of Christ will prove so light as to be no burden at all.
It is unfathomable that he would attempt to take Martha Graham's work away from Martha Graham's company; he is no dancer; he has never known how it should be danced, and now he wishes to wrest it from the dancers who do.