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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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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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What I lacked in a technology background," says James, "I made up for by aligning myself with companies that make and support the devices, studying the manuals, learning the nuances of the PDAs, and doing my homework.
I always put off doing my homework when I get home from school.
The time to sell a stock is when it reaches the range I set out in my strategy planning stage when doing my homework.
Aside from the fact that I know both of these people personally and have seen their integrity at work, I believe in doing my homework and I will not buy into something as destructive and mean-spirited as these so-called recalls.
Doing my homework is much more interesting when I'm using StudyWorks.
When I'm doing my homework and a (Spanish broadcast game) comes on I just hit the mute button and watch.
I would watch soap opras because when there was no extra hour I would be doing my homework.
Comment: ``It wasn't like I said, `Oh, I don't feel like doing my homework,' '' explained Neipp, who said she had a 3.