So the 28-year-old corporal, who asked to use only his first name, Majid, because he has family in Syria, worked up his nerve.
At some points Caddell got himself so worked up, he appeared to lose his train of thought midway through a sentence.
The governor, meanwhile, reports being baffled that people got themselves so worked up.
The American people probably assume an educated and well-staffed set of lawmakers have worked up support for their contentions.
Then people would comment on it, get all worked up about what a ho-bag I was, and my friends and I would crack up over it.
Whatever you may say about him, Timmendiquas is a general, and I never before saw the Indians worked up to such a pitch.
I felt kind of worked up about him then, but I didn't do anything.
The events of her first day in London had worked up poor little Maggie's feelings to a crisis.
The captain took the sun at noon, and worked up the position of the boat.
Suddenly she lost the audacious smile which she had worked up for the interview.
Old English weorc, worc "something done, deed, action, proceeding, business, military fortification," from Proto-Germanic *werkan (cf. Old Saxon, Old Frisian, Dutch werk, Old Norse verk, Middle Dutch warc, Old High German werah, German Werk, Gothic gawaurki), from PIE root *werg- "to work" (see urge (v.)).
Work is less boring than amusing oneself. [Baudelaire, "Mon Coeur mis a nu," 1862]In Old English, the noun also had the sense of "fornication." Workhouse in the sense of "place where the poor or petty criminals are lodged" first appeared 1650s. Works "industrial place" (usually with qualifying adj.) is attested from 1580s. Work ethic recorded from 1959.
a fusion of Old English wyrcan (past tense worhte, past participle geworht), from Proto-Germanic *wurkijanan; and Old English wircan (Mercian) "to work, operate, function," formed relatively late from Proto-Germanic noun *werkan (see work (n.)). Related: Worked; working. Working class is from 1789 as a noun, 1839 as an adjective.
The transfer of energy from one object to another, especially in order to make the second object move in a certain direction. Work is equal to the amount of force multiplied by the distance over which it is applied. If a force of 10 newtons, for example, is applied over a distance of 3 meters, the work is equal to 30 newtons per meter, or 30 joules. The unit for measuring work is the same as that for energy in any system of units, since work is simply a transfer of energy. Compare energy, power.
Angry; excited; distraught: The whole town was worked up over the shooting incident (1883+)