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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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'It's a creative way to solve a problem without really working the problem,' Chody said in a KTBC-TV interview.
In an interview with NASA's ASK magazine, Terry Little, (acquisition advisor of the Missile Defense Agency) addressed a common misconception that "if you emphasize something like speed or cost, everything else goes in the toilet." Contrary to that often-held belief, Little's experience indicates that "people working the problem won't let that happen....
So a frustrated Hubley began working the problem to design a precision instrument that could withstand the rigours of the mining environment.
Alter working the problems and issues in the course, I find I am better able to focus, prioritize, analyze and complete any variety of projects."