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work the problem

To work to address or solve a problem by trying many different solutions until one is successful. My favorite part about engineering is working the problem until we find an elegant solution. Don't just complain that it's broken. Work the problem!
See also: problem, work
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I worked the problem just like any other problem,'' he said, ``but I noticed that depending on how you worked through it, you could come up with two different answers.