work down

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work something down (over something)

to manipulate something downward over something. Now, you work this part down over this little tube, and then it won't leak. Liz worked the lid down and tightened it on.
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work something down

to lower or reduce something, especially an amount of money. Over a few months, they worked the price down, and the house soon was sold. They worked down the price so much that the house was a steal.
See also: down, work

work down (the line) (to someone or something)

to progress through a series until someone or something is reached. I will work down to the papers on the bottom gradually. You can't hurry this kind of work. We will work down the line to Katie. We have to work down to the last one. They are working down the line as fast as they can, but everyone has to be taken in order.
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Robert Sutcliffe in Saturday's Examiner says he doesn't think he'll watch the new BBC drama of Lawrence's book in which he thinks the sex is overplayed, but really Lady Chatterley is about the class system of this country, Lawrence was born in a mining village and objected to the unfair dominance of intellectuals over the working class and demonstrates his dislike of the cruel mine owners over the men that work down the pit.
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Gavin Wheeldon claims translators resistant to new working conditions "assaulted and spat at" colleagues to intimidate them into turning work down.
He told the audience that he believed that the council is top heavy and some of the top managers will be leaving, he will then look at middle management and work down.
He wasn't allowed to work down the pit but he worked at the pit head, handing miner's their lamp before they went underground.
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We do believe the economic conditions and circumstances in Mexico will provide a little stronger foundation for us to do our work down here and try to build demand for US beef and pork.
Father and son work this business part time and turn work down.
At 76, the old codger is still being forced to work down the film slave mine.
If somebody offered us a point now I would take that straight away, because we know it's going to be hard work down there.
And they doubled their lead just six minutes later - this time Mooney benefitting from good work down the right wing by Mark Bradley.
Many had no choice - they were conscripted to work down the mines whether they wanted to or not.
Straps can work down past the lip of the doghouse cover and wrap around the PTO shaft.
Pumhosl rigorously concentrates his work down to the founding grammatical principles of the modern image vocabulary and works unwaveringly to connect exemplary moments of the avant-garde--in architecture, design, or experimental film--along their lines of fracture and contradiction.