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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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  • “Modern cranes, system, and activity will work wonders,” said Cousin Giles; and he was right.

    Fred Markham in Russia W. H. G. Kingston
  • Nowhere are we told that faith shall some day cease to work wonders.

    The Faith Doctor Edward Eggleston
  • Beef extract in skilful hands may work wonders; the soup made from it may deceive the connoisseur of great repute.

    The Feasts of Autolycus Elizabeth Robins Pennell
  • Ah, God can work wonders for those who trust Him in a summer, Dan!

    Killykinick Mary T. Waggaman
  • When a man is genuinely indispensable, he can work wonders by threatening to drop the whole business.

    Anything You Can Do Gordon Randall Garrett
  • That is, he could work wonders like the fairies and excel the doctors in curing diseases.

    Welsh Fairy Tales William Elliott Griffis
  • Some things, it is true, must be done by day, but half an hour will work wonders.

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

    Evening Round Up William Crosbie Hunter
  • Had Simon already begun to dogmatize and to work wonders when Philip arrived at Sebaste?

    The Apostles Ernest Renan

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