work off


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work something off

 
1. Lit. to get rid of anger, anxiety, or energy by doing physical activity. I was so mad! I went out and played basketball to work my anger off. He works off nervousness by knitting.
2. . Fig. to pay off a debt through work rather than by money. I had no money so I had to work the bill off by washing dishes. I have to work off my debt.
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work off

Get rid of by work or effort, as in They worked off that big dinner by running on the beach, or It'll take him months to work off that debt. [Second half of 1600s]
See also: off, work

work off

v.
1. To get rid of something through effort or work: I started to run two miles a day in order to work off some weight. I owed them a large debt, but I worked it off by painting their house.
2. To use something or someone as a foundation or source of energy to perform work: This laptop works off batteries. I worked off my strengths as a writer to convince the newspaper to hire me.
See also: off, work
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SWEEPING Brush the floors or your path for 30 minutes and you will work off around 140 calories, depending on how hard you sweep.
But there is an option for the decidedly unsporty - they can work off a portion of Christmas pud with FIVE hours of writing cards .
Now the lads hope to work off some weight at the Run For Fun and are challenging other Teessiders to join them.
Demand growth should return as end-users work off excess inventories and need to start buying product again.
I didn't get any sleep so I was trying to work off a little of the hangover," he smiled.
We work off a menu that was born from decades of Chef Dane Mechlin's experience: American Personal Chef Society's (APCS) 2003 Chef of the Year, current President of APCS, and former owner/head chef at five star resorts in destinations such as Cabo San Lucas and Aspen.
Day laborers, represented by the Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund, sued the city in May for its ordinance barring them from soliciting work off city streets.
Doolin, however, is likely to have to work off the small squad at his disposal after plans to sign Greg Costello and several other experienced players had to be ditched due to a lack of funds.
He found himself wearing clothes it would take six months to work off, eating execrable food, developing a taste for rum, and generally "learning the ropes.
When you take into consideration that we have not had to go through with any planned network bandwidth upgrade, can now work off of one server that replicates itself, and have done away with expensive and ongoing overnight shipping costs to deliver digital media containing large files, the iShared systems began paying for themselves on day one.
With it's glaring, somewhat daring, cheerfully over-the-top attitude, ``Coupling'' is pithy without being terribly funny, but the cast - on whom NBC took a couple of passes to get right - is largely appealing (Moynihan's character doesn't need to be quite this stupid) and work off one another very well while providing a healthy serving of eye candy.
When people learned how easy it was to access my images using Portfolio, it took a lot of the work off of my back and allowed our departments to self-manage themselves in regards to the photographs they required," said White Sox team photographer, Ron Vesely.
It felt good to get out there, and now hopefully I can work off of it.