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working order

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  1. the condition of a mechanism when it is functioning properly: a stove in working order.
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Origin of working order

First recorded in 1835–45
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Historical Examples

  • The cable is complete and in working-order from New Orleans to Sebastopol.

    Ocean's Story; or Triumphs of Thirty Centuries

    Edward Rowland