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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 teachers' answers to reasons for giving homework revealed that they assign homework mainly to help students learn the subject matter (e.
The majority of the science teachers thought that homework was useful and important in that it helped students learn science concepts and was beneficial for other courses and for daily life, as well.
Moreover, structural equation modelling results revealed that class size was a negative predictor of the value teachers placed on homework which means that teachers seemed to give less value to homework in large classes.
8 per cent) thought that they had not been given sufficient pre-service training in effective homework and only a small percent of teachers (12.
In conclusion, much is still to be revealed about teachers' homework practice and its relation to student outcomes.
1998), 'Relationships Among Attitudes About Homework, Amount of Homework Assigned and Completed, and Student Achievement', Journal of Educational Psychology, 90, 70-83.
2006), 'Does Homework Improve Academic Achievement?
2000), Looking at Homework Differently', The Elementary School Journal, 100, 529-48.
2012), Does Parental Homework Involvement Mediate the Relationship Between Family Background and Educational Outcomes?
2009), Elementary School teachers' Views About Homework Process in Science and Technology Course', Necatibey Faculty of Education Electronic Journal of Science and Mathematics Education, 3 (1), 58-79.
2000), Homework and Achievement: Explaining the Different Strengths of Relation at the Elementary and Secondary School Levels', Social Psychology of Education, 3, 295-317.