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work wonders

To produce excellent results or be extremely effective, especially unexpectedly. You'll love this new face cream. It works wonders on my wrinkles. It's amazing how the overhead lighting works wonders with this room—it's like an entirely new space.
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work wonders (with someone or something)

to be surprisingly beneficial to someone or something; to be very helpful with someone or something. This new medicine works wonders with my headaches. Jean was able to work wonders with the office staff. They improved their efficiency as soon as she took over.
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work wonders

Succeed, produce a good outcome, as in The new coat of paint works wonders with this bedroom, or The physical therapy has worked wonders with these patients. Literally meaning "perform miracles," this term has been used somewhat more loosely since the 1700s. Also see work like a charm.
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work wonders

COMMON If someone or something works wonders, they have a very good effect on something. A few moments of relaxation can work wonders. The new manager has worked wonders at the club.
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work (or do) wonders

have a very beneficial effect on someone or something.
1997 Paul Wilson Calm at Work While it is true that holidays work wonders for the relief of stress, the relief is only temporary.
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work/do ˈwonders/ˈmiracles (for/on/with somebody/something)

(informal) have a very good effect (on somebody/something); quickly succeed: Getting the job did wonders for her self-confidence.This washing powder will work miracles on those difficult stains. ▶ ˈmiracle-worker noun: I just don’t have enough time to finish it. I’m sorry, but I’m not a miracle-worker.
See also: miracle, wonder, work
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Shrews boss Kevin Ratcliffe said: "The groundstaff and the fire brigade worked wonders.
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It certainly worked wonders for a passing carpet fitter and his mate.
Having four horn players definitely helped their sound, but mixing them up with some decent tunes, the odd television theme tune and even a bit of La Bamba worked wonders.
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They have worked wonders in Canada and California must have them to compete in the new global production environment.
And the ploy worked wonders as they hit four goals in front of a bumper 8,124-strong crowd.
The rant worked wonders and his Ibrox idols cantered to a 4-0 win.
And both approaches have worked wonders in helping people.
He learnt a hard but valuable lesson at Sheffield Wednesday and has now worked wonders for Wigan.
So while it worked wonders I've never had a filling and they are always dazzling white I'll probably die of cancer or something as a result.
The talisman that had worked wonders for the Atlanta Braves before in must-win National League Championship Series games was on the mound.
Tottenham's new supremo Frank Arnesen is recommending the Dutch coach, who has worked wonders for RKC Waalwijk.