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work wonders

Succeed, produce a good outcome, as in The new coat of paint works wonders with this bedroom , or The physical therapy has worked wonders with these patients . Literally meaning “perform miracles,” this term has been used somewhat more loosely since the 1700s. Also see work like a charm
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  • That is, he could work wonders like the fairies and excel the doctors in curing diseases.

    Welsh Fairy Tales William Elliott Griffis
  • Do not put faith in any "magic" solution which is supposed to work wonders.

  • That seemed to her inexperience a large sum and able to work wonders.

    Elsie Marley, Honey

    Joslyn Gray
  • Perseverance and the wise employment of spare moments will work wonders.

    Golden Moments Anonymous
  • Don't forget the daily massage; it will work wonders in your appearance.

    Evening Round Up

    William Crosbie Hunter
  • Why did God care for them, and help them, and work wonders for them?

    True Words for Brave Men Charles Kingsley
  • Nowhere are we told that faith shall some day cease to work wonders.

    The Faith Doctor Edward Eggleston
  • Ah, God can work wonders for those who trust Him in a summer, Dan!

    Killykinick Mary T. Waggaman
  • Then with a sigh of satisfaction, 307 “One can work wonders with switches.”

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