work your passage

work (one's) passage

To do work in exchange for free travel to a specific town or country. After his company went bust in Los Angeles, Martin had to work his passage back to his family's home in Britain.
See also: passage, work

work your passage

work in return for a free place on a voyage.
See also: passage, work
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So you're going to have to work your passage back into her affections and regain her trust.
To have any chance of getting back with your wife, you'll need to work your passage and that will include wooing her all over again.