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work something out

verb phrase

To achieve an agreement, esp by compromise: We'll just stay at it until we work something out

[1970s+; found by 1849 in the sense ''to solve'']

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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  • I have sufficient memoranda to work something out of by and by.

  • Although he is half insane now he is trying to work something out.

    Windy McPherson's Son Sherwood Anderson
  • Gerd was at the desk, spoiling notepaper in an effort to work something out by symbolic logic.

    Little Fuzzy Henry Beam Piper
  • Then he laid it back on his desk and said: "Try the Sunday people; they might work something out of it."

    Sixes and Sevens O. Henry
  • When I want to work, to work something out, no Daimon helps my soul; no—it feels quite helpless, and drifts into dreaminess.

    The Emperor, Complete Georg Ebers
  • This brooding individual who did nothing but stare at me as if he were trying to work something out!

    Affinities and Other Stories Mary Roberts Rinehard

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