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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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Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

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.
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McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

work at

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.
See also: work
The American Heritage® Dictionary of Phrasal Verbs. Copyright © 2005 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
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References in classic literature ?
In ordinary combs it has appeared to me that the bees do not always succeed in working at exactly the same rate from the opposite sides; for I have noticed half-completed rhombs at the base of a just-commenced cell, which were slightly concave on one side, where I suppose that the bees had excavated too quickly, and convex on the opposed side, where the bees had worked less quickly.
Working at home gives you the flexibility to work when you can, and at your own pace.
The authors reported that 60.9% (74 of 122 workers) had returned to work after treatment and remained working at a six-month follow-up.
This included the USFS, NPS, and scientists from OSU working at the H.J.
Oxygen consumption during the first and second work bouts was the same, indicating that subjects were working at the same intensity for both work bouts.
The counselor examined the environment dimensions of Jean's current job and her level of past work satisfaction by having Jean describe the factors that kept Jean working at the discount store throughout her adult years and the aspects of her job that she liked and did not like.
In part because of the booming economy and the tremendous opportunities for growth in information technology, this has become the "free agent generation." As Aparna Mohan, a Presidential Management Intern working at the Agency for International Development, says, "Our goal is to have the career be the sum of all the jobs we've had--not to just get one job and make it a whole career."
After working at the Naval Research Laboratory, he became a professor at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
When asked what her ideal life would be like, she had a ready answer: working at the hair salon a couple of days a week and running a bridal consulting business from home.
DeWolf admits that when he first began working at Halcyon House he really didn't think about the possibility of hiring physically and mentally challenged employees.
There are others I would have included: With her large-scale Polaroids, Ellen Carey is working at ground zero in the field of photography.
This is not knowledge that can be acquired through working at the reference desk.
In Bonnie Russ's firm, "we have electronic calendars on our network and everybody has to use them so we all know where everyone is at any time." In addition, the firm uses Citrix remote access software to stay connected to the office while working with clients, so it's been easy to adapt this software for those working at home part of the time.
Career consultant Marilyn Moats Kennedy started working at the age of 14 as a clerk in a Christmas store in her hometown of Kansas City, Missouri.
On proportions of children working at specified ages, see Goldin, "Family Strategies," 283; and Michael R.