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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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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.
See also: ate, dog, homework
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

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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The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer. Copyright © 2003, 1997 by The Christine Ammer 1992 Trust. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

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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Collins COBUILD Idioms Dictionary, 3rd ed. © HarperCollins Publishers 2012

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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dog ate my homework, the

A ridiculous and obviously prevaricating excuse for failing to meet an obligation. It dates from the late 1900s and is so well known that a Boston Globe headline for a book review of The Shallows: What the Internet Is Doing to Our Brains by Nicholas Carr played on it, “The Internet Ate My Brain” (June 6, 2010). A Washington Examiner column by Timothy P. Carney about a bill provision allowing the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office to accept late applications for patent extensions called it “The Dog Ate My Homework Act” (March 20, 2010).
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It is also supported by the respondents who participated in the interview, where most of them agreed that the suitable task to be carried out by the employees who practice homeworking is on the measurement.
Here in the UK, to engage homeworking, controlling managers must engage in trust, and empower staff by creating the right blend of technology, enforced with a stringent company policy to make homeworking truly viable.
In summary therefore, homeworking raises questions of power and identity and how the stretching of space and time consequent on the move to homework are implicated in these two processes.
TUC Regional Secretary for the West Midlands Lee Barron said: "Homeworking is a great option for some workers, especially those with disabilities.
The biggest increases have been in the South East, Scotland and Wales, although nine out of 10 new homeworking jobs are part-time.
Plus, unlike other solutions we evaluated, CCU is a true cloud-based solution that naturally supports homeworking and can be customised to meet our unique requirements, so it is perfect for our service.”
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The other was homeworking, which is encouraged by only 30 per cent of employers.
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'The change to homeworking rules will protect people who work in an industry that has a history of exploitative rates of pay, especially minority ethnic and women workers.
Homeworking is one of several new ideas being tried by the council to cope with the workload of 23, 000 claimants in the borough who receive pounds 70m in benefits each year.
That is the National Group on Homeworking. Although based in Leeds it has recently met with some Welsh assembly members to ask for funds to set up a Welsh branch to assist homeworkers in Wales.
A Sunday Mercury investigation first highlighted the Staffordshire company's activities in the homeworking business.
"This is brilliant," said Denise McKenna of the National Group on Homeworking.
The benefit of homeworking that people most often cite is no longer needing to commute.