✅ to work against – to cause problems for someone or something, make it harder to achieve.
– When you are applying for a job, age often works against you.
– Their image works against them. They need to change it if they are going to succeed.
✅ to work away at – to continue working hard at something for a long time.
– When I got back to the office, he was still working away at his report.
– He’s been working away at it all afternoon but you can’t really see what he has achieved.
✅ to work around something – when you find a way of organizing an activity avoiding any problems.
– We can’t change it. We’ll just have to work around it.
– The deadlines are very short but I’m sure you can find a way to work around them.
✅ to work off – to overcome the effects of something by doing something energetic or different.
– I feel totally stressed. I’m going to go work it off at the gym.
– We ate too much at lunch so we went out into the garden to work it off.
✅ to work on something – when you spend time and effort trying to perfect something.
– In training, he’s been working on improving the weak parts of his game.
– I’ve been working on my level of fitness before I go on this walking holiday.
✅ to work out – to calculate the solution to a mathematical problem.
– I’ve never been very good at maths. I couldn’t work out the rate per week.
– The bill is $98, so who can work out how much each of us must pay?
✅ to work out – means to think carefully to find a solution to a problem.
– We don’t want a strike. I hope that someone can work out a way to avoid it.
– Nobody has worked out a solution to this problem. We are still spending too much.
✅ to work out – also means to do physical exercise to improve your fitness.
– He runs at the weekend and works out twice a week in the gym.
– I worked out a lot when I was younger but now I prefer easier exercise like walking!
✅ to work yourself up – to make yourself angry or anxious about something.
– It’s not very important. Don’t get so worked up about it!
– He got very worked up about the interview. He really wanted the job and got very stressed about it.
✅ to work up to something – when you gradually do more of something until you reach a certain level.
– He started training with small weights and worked up to 100 kilos.
– You should start by doing a few minutes exercise and work up to half an hour a day.