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be working overtime

1. To be working more hours at one's job than one is scheduled or required to do. I've been working overtime all week to get this project done by the deadline.
2. To be putting forth a lot of effort to do or accomplish something. Everyone's air conditioners have been working overtime during this heat wave. Mom has been working overtime to get more signatures on her petition for the city council.
See also: overtime, working

be working overtime

If someone or something is working overtime, they are working very hard in order to achieve something. The team had been working overtime to improve the party's image. People need more sleep when their immune mechanisms are working overtime to fight off infections. Note: The literal meaning of this expression is that someone is spending extra time doing the job that they are employed to do.
See also: overtime, working

be working ˈovertime

(informal) be very active or too active: There was nothing to worry about. It was just her imagination working overtime.
See also: overtime, working
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Of the 42 deputies assigned through the Palmdale sheriff's station patrol area each day, 12 of them are working overtime, some coming from as far away as Temple City or Norwalk to fill in for the more than 22 vacant positions at the department's newest station.