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do (one's) homework

1. Literally, to complete school work that has been assigned to be done at home. You can't watch any more television until you do your homework!
2. To be thoroughly prepared and informed for something, such as a meeting, interview, or report. Be sure you do your homework before heading into that meeting; there's a lot at stake, and no one's going to like it if you aren't up to speed.
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the dog ate my homework

A hackneyed explanation for why one's homework is incomplete. A: "I can't tell my teacher that the dog ate my homework!" B: "Come on, a bad excuse is better than none."
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(The) dog ate my homework

A poor excuse for something that someone has failed to do on time. (From an excuse a student might give for failing to turn in homework on time. Occurs in many variations.) The dog ate my homework, so I have nothing to turn in. (Used as an attributive.) Bob was late with his report and had nothing but his typical dog-ate-my-homework excuses.
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do one's homework

Be well prepared, as in Steve had done his homework before the meeting and could answer all of the client's questions . This usage transfers a school assignment to a broader context. [c. 1930]
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do your homework

If you do your homework, you prepare for something, especially by finding out information about it. Before you buy any shares, do your homework. Doing your homework before you make your request will help you to have a confident manner.
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do your homework

examine thoroughly the details and background of a subject or topic, especially before giving your own views on it.
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do your ˈhomework (on something)

find out the facts, details, etc. of a subject in preparation for a meeting, a speech, an article, etc: He had just not done his homework for the interview. He couldn’t answer our questions.
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It is also supported by the respondents who participated in the interview, where most of them agreed that the suitable task to be carried out by the employees who practice homeworking is on the measurement.
Shaun Smith (left) and Craig Bradley could face a pounds 6m compensation order including their Porsche and BMW cars for their homeworking scam
Nevertheless, many consultants, such as Cynthia Froggatt, author of Work Naked, believe that companies can derive significant benefits from homeworking by simply following a set of principles.
The relationship between job status and access to homeworking is borne out when the spotlight is turned onto administrative jobs.
Wales TUC policy officer, Alex Bevan said: "These figures show how a signifi-cant section of the Welsh workforce continues to embrace homeworking.
Companies that are connected to optical fiber see their productivity rise thanks to the application possibilities of ultra-fast connections: business-critical applications, homeworking, "cloud" applications, etc.
TUC general secretary Frances O'Grady said:"The sheer scale of homeworking proves how easily it can be done but there are still too many employers reluctant to allow staff to work away from the office or the shop floor.
Visitors can also expect new features at the show including the Automated Homeworking with CEDIA and powered by the Nissan Leaf which will showcase some of the most cutting edge technology in the world of home, and the Nano Village sponsored by VELUX in Grand Build, will celebrate the 100th Grand Design house being built this year by creating a showcase of architectural models of houses from the Grand Designs TV series.
8220;With the flexible and scalable CosmoCom architecture, we can rest assured that we now have the technology to respond quickly and fullfill all our clients' homeworking requirements.
This would therefore include a request for homeworking as long as the children to be cared for were under 17 years of age.
Sea The Stars is another to bite the dust on poor homeworking reports.
The company has 34 shops in the North-east, call centres in Sunderland, Newcastle and Stockton, dedicated cruise shops in Sunderland and Newcastle, as well as a homeworking division of more than 300.
There is evidence that an increasing number of firms are using homeworking as a means of cutting costs and working more flexibly - and we expect this trend to continue," she added.
The other was homeworking, which is encouraged by only 30 per cent of employers.