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do (one's) homework

1. Literally, to complete the school work that has been assigned by a teacher to be done at home. You can't watch any more television until you do your homework!
2. To be thoroughly prepared and informed about something or something, especially in advance of some process, action, or decision. 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. I always do my homework before I make big purchases.
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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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At the end of the day, TEI may not be able to embrace any single proposal or set of proposals, but by doing our homework, I am confident that we can contribute to the process in a positive, constructive way.
The Kirkcaldy gaffer said: "We are doing our homework in the hope new money could be available when the takeover goes through but if it doesn't we've no chance
"Obviously we've been doing our homework and for once it will be us jetting off for the sun
Forgive us for not doing our homework. We mean plowing through the archives for the classic riots in sports and then comparing them with the two that occurred just before Thanksgiving--the Friday night riot in Detroit (Pistons vs Pacers) and the Saturday afternoon football brawl between the U.
"It's been a two-and-a-half-year project of hunting out and doing our homework on different steel markets." says Halpin, who had been examining LTV's galvanizing line for a year.