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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 does not have their homework. 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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The result of this study shows that the quantity surveying profession is possible to homeworking.
Here in the UK, to engage homeworking, controlling managers must engage in trust, and empower staff by creating the right blend of technology, enforced with a stringent company policy to make homeworking truly viable.
There is evidence that a move to homeworking often entails work becoming fragmented.
Plus, unlike other solutions we evaluated, CCU is a true cloud-based solution that naturally supports homeworking and can be customised to meet our unique requirements, so it is perfect for our service.
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.
Avoiding the commute to and from work is the most popular reason for homeworking, with 66 per cent of respondents citing it as an advantage.
The change to homeworking rules will protect people who work in an industry that has a history of exploitative rates of pay, especially minority ethnic and women workers.
The Foundation's report, ``Time to go home -Embracing the homeworking revolution'' shows how the home is rapidly becoming an alternative place of work for millions of UK employees and dispels the myth that homeworking is mainly for working mothers.
A Sunday Mercury investigation first highlighted the Staffordshire company's activities in the homeworking business.
This is brilliant," said Denise McKenna of the National Group on Homeworking.
According to TUC research popular industries for homeworking in the UK are information and communications (17.
It will address everything from the potential of broadband for homeworking through to using technology to reach more customers and improve efficiency.
Some homeworking may be possible (estimated at a maximum of 10 % of contract value).