work to

work someone or something to someone or something

to struggle to manipulate someone or something to someone or something. The quarterback worked the ball to the fullback so that the opposition didn't know what was going on. The rescuers worked the trapped child to the top of the tunnel.
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work to

v.
1. To follow some plan or schedule: They worked to a timetable.
2. To cause something or someone to reach some level through repeated, continuous, or applied effort: The rock singer worked the audience to a frenzy.
3. To reach some level through repeated, continuous, or applied effort: The baseball team worked to a three-run lead.
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By becoming involved with MoCA's in-service training, social work educators may be able to export their concept of what constitutes professional social work to MoCA's staff.
Morris has lived to regret moments when he allowed work to take precedence over pressing family matters.
There has been a continuity in the expectation of paid work for men, with the result being that women have tended to experience more guilt, stress, and conflict by virtue of choosing to add work to their family responsibilities.
They must also have their own architect or engineer check the work to see that what is shown in the drawings is what is being built.
But still it is very important for people considering work to meet with some kind of benefits counselor or advisor, so that they understand the particularities of their situation, and the impact of work on benefits.
It also sharpens their intellectual skills as they pull from their course work to participate in challenging conversations.
The labor movement has a lot of work to do to overcome the isolation of female workers and build solidarity.
We find our work to be fulfilling, productive, important, creative--worth doing for a large percentage of our waking hours and a large portion of our lives here on Earth.
SEIU locals work to unite working families to improve our communities.
Dedicating most of his work to foundry sand control, he helped inaugurate the AFA's sand research program.
Peggy Pascoe argues that middle class women used relief work to challenge patriarchal systems through moral authority, Peggy Pascoe, Relations of Rescue: The Search for Moral Authority in the American West, 1874-1939 (New York, 1990).
The problem with this "all or nothing" definition is that applicants must prove their inability to work to receive benefits.
We didn't work together for very long because Bob was unwilling to move from being a victim of his work to controlling his life.
Skunk Works officials attributed their selection for the work to internal efforts to reduce their costs.