work at (something or some place)(redirected from working at)
work at (something or some place)
1. To be persistent or diligent in one's effort or task. Often phrased as "work away at." I've been working away at my manuscript for the last month. You're not going to become some great artist overnight—you have to keep working at it! He's still working at getting the lawnmower up and running again.
2. To work at a particular location or company. You've been working at the computer for nearly six hours straight—go take a little break. I worked at Stem Corp. for a few years before getting a job with Flem Corp.
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work at something
1. . to work in a particular trade or craft. He works at carpentry when he has the time. Julie works at editing for a living.
2. . to work on a specific task, machine, device, etc. She was working at repairing the cabinet when I came home. Todd is working at his computer.
1. To exert force on something repeatedly or continuously: The plumber worked at the clog with a plunger.
2. To direct persistent or diligent effort toward something: You must keep working at your piano exercises if you want to improve.
3. To do work in some particular place: I'm working at home today. I'm working at my desk.
4. To hold a job at some place: I used to work at the hospital before I got a job at the bank.
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