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working order

the condition of a mechanism when it is functioning properly:
a stove in working order.
Origin of working order
First recorded in 1835-45 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • If the telephone was in working order I could soon find out.

    The Woman-Haters Joseph C. Lincoln
  • The inventor himself couldn't have put it in working order again.

  • I am all right now; the arm will soon be in working order again.

    Nell, of Shorne Mills

    Charles Garvice
  • But when lessons really begin, and you get into working order, you will be different.

    A Modern Tomboy L. T. Meade
  • It insisted that all they were entitled to was just enough to keep them in working order.

    The Debs Decision Scott Nearing
  • I have the thing in working order, as you see—or rather, didn't see.

    The Black Star Passes John W Campbell

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