do (one's) homework

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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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"Nowadays it's very easy to watch a player and their ways in a very structured way but we have done our homework."
Neither of us is from a furniture background, we've done our homework well and it's paying off.
"We have done our homework on Guiseley, and they are a tough team," said Macauley.
"We usually have an easy time keeping our client's information security officers happy because we take a no-compromise approach to information security and we've done our homework," said Buckley.
"We have done our homework and we have to do it slowly and properly," says Halpin.
'We have watched them twice, have got a video, so we have done our homework and know exactly where we are at.
We believe we have done our homework on assessing the impact of the scheme on the ecology of the area and we believe we can fit in with no problems."
Conoco brand communications manager Roy Roley said: "As far as we are concerned we have certainly done our homework on this.
It's about what they bring to the club.'' Howe, in charge for the first time, said: "We've done our homework."
"We've done our homework on them in trying to see what their strengths and weaknesses are.
He said: "We've done our homework, we've made the case and now it's time for the debate."
They are a good team but we've done our homework on them and I don't think there's any reason why we can't do well.