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work in

1. Insert or introduce, as in As part of their presentation they worked in a request for funding the exhibit. Similarly, work into means "insert or introduce into something else," as in She worked more flour into the mixture. [Late 1600s]
2. Make time for in a schedule, as in The dentist said he would try to work her in this morning. Here, too, work into is sometimes used, as in She had to work two emergency cases into her morning schedule. [Mid-1700s]
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work in

v.
1. To cause something to be inserted by repeated or continuous effort: Hold the cloth in one hand and work in the thread using a needle. The dough won't absorb the extra flour unless you work it in by kneading.
2. To insert or make space for something: When I wrote the report, I worked in a request for money. It's an unusual proposal, but I think I can work it in.
3. To make time available for something or someone in an otherwise busy or filled schedule: I know you don't have an appointment, but the doctor will try to work you in.
4. To share equipment at a gymnasium or fitness center with a person who is already using it: He had been using the weight machine for 30 minutes, so I asked if I could work in.
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