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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References in classic literature ?
And when we had eaten, all the food stored in the houses we stopped fighting and went back to work to pile up more food.
In the very heat of the day the mowing did not seem such hard work to him.
Levin walked after him and often thought he must fall, as he climbed with a scythe up a steep cliff where it would have been hard work to clamber without anything.
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.
Thus, the first conventional step taken by teachers is that of assigning a work to be read by a particular date.
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.
We really both need to work to pay for everything we have - plus, she's right next door and if anything happened, we'd be there in minutes,'' she said.
Dedicating most of his work to foundry sand control, he helped inaugurate the AFA's sand research program.