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phrasal verb [transitive]
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present tense
I/you/we/theywork off
he/she/itworks off
present participleworking off
past tenseworked off
past participleworked off
  1. 1
    to pay someone what you owe them by doing a job for them instead of giving them money
    They were forced to work off their debts.
  2. 2
    if you work off something such as a feeling or some of your weight, you get rid of it by doing something that involves a great deal of physical activity
    She generally works off her anger by going for a run.
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