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phrasal verb [transitive]
Word Forms
present tense
I/you/we/theywork on
he/she/itworks on
present participleworking on
past tenseworked on
past participleworked on
  1. 1
    work on something to spend time producing or improving something

    He’ll have to work on getting in shape before the game.

    1. a.
      I’m working on it informal used for saying that you are dealing with something

      Don’t worry about that, I’m working on it.

  2. 2
    work on someone to try to influence someone

    We’ll have to work on Joey to find out what’s going on.

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in an online conversation, repeatedly asking a person questions which suggest that you are interested in what they are talking about, but are actually intended to annoy them

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