work in

verb (adverb)

to insert or become insertedshe worked the patch in carefully
(tr) to find space forI'll work this job in during the day

noun work-in

a form of industrial action in which a factory that is to be closed down is occupied and run by its workers



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Idioms and Phrases with work in

work in


Insert or introduce, as in As part of their presentation they worked in a request for funding the exhibit. Similarly, work into means “insert or introduce into something else,” as in She worked more flour into the mixture. [Late 1600s]


Make time for in a schedule, as in The dentist said he would try to work her in this morning. Here, too, work into is sometimes used, as in She had to work two emergency cases into her morning schedule. [Mid-1700s]

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