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work wonders

To produce excellent results or be extremely effective, especially unexpectedly. You'll love this new face cream. It works wonders on my wrinkles. It's amazing how the overhead lighting works wonders with this room—it's like an entirely new space.
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work wonders (with someone or something)

to be surprisingly beneficial to someone or something; to be very helpful with someone or something. This new medicine works wonders with my headaches. Jean was able to work wonders with the office staff. They improved their efficiency as soon as she took over.
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work wonders

Succeed, produce a good outcome, as in The new coat of paint works wonders with this bedroom, or The physical therapy has worked wonders with these patients. Literally meaning "perform miracles," this term has been used somewhat more loosely since the 1700s. Also see work like a charm.
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work wonders

COMMON If someone or something works wonders, they have a very good effect on something. A few moments of relaxation can work wonders. The new manager has worked wonders at the club.
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work (or do) wonders

have a very beneficial effect on someone or something.
1997 Paul Wilson Calm at Work While it is true that holidays work wonders for the relief of stress, the relief is only temporary.
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work/do ˈwonders/ˈmiracles (for/on/with somebody/something)

(informal) have a very good effect (on somebody/something); quickly succeed: Getting the job did wonders for her self-confidence.This washing powder will work miracles on those difficult stains. ▶ ˈmiracle-worker noun: I just don’t have enough time to finish it. I’m sorry, but I’m not a miracle-worker.
See also: miracle, wonder, work
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He ordered all of his squad in for a clear-the-air meeting at 9am on the Sunday morning - and it worked wonders with the Knitters storming to a 5-2 victory at high-flying Barrow last Saturday.
McLaughlin said: "The gaffer has worked wonders getting us up and keeping us in the SPL.
Clough, who died aged 69 in 2004, first worked wonders at Derby and managed Forest from 1975 to 1993, winning a host of trophies including the European Cup in 1979 and 1980.
Manager Peter Beadle has worked wonders with this side that only last year were battling against relegation and says that his side are up to meet the challenge.
DAVID MOYES has worked wonders at Everton this season, but my vote for Manager of the Year has gone elsewhere.
Heart of England Co-op's food division general manager George Flower said: "The team have worked wonders to maintain the store to an excellent standard, despite the upheaval of this refurbishment."
Shrews boss Kevin Ratcliffe said: "The groundstaff and the fire brigade worked wonders. We're really pleased that we got the game on and got the points."
And Ritchie - who worked wonders at local rivals Barnsley - will be asked to make his managerial comeback at Millmoor.
Former England man Paul Ince has worked wonders since being appointed and has seen his new side move within a point of safety in League Two.
It certainly worked wonders for a passing carpet fitter and his mate.
MOYES has worked wonders with what he has - now I keep hearing so-called EFC fans muttering that he is not the man for the job.
Daggers goalkeeper Tony Roberts worked wonders to keep the scoresheet blank until the 90th minute when Zema Abbey grabbed cruelly ended the minnow's hopes with a winner for the Canaries.
A gelding operation appears to have worked wonders for Geoff Wragg's three-year-old, who is the type to stay ahead of the handicapper now his problems have been sorted out.
Adrian Boothroyd has worked wonders at Watford and in Marlon King (left) have the best striker in the Championship.
Her publicity ploy worked wonders. Shewas helped down the red carpet by her Scots motor-racing hubby, Dario Franchitti.