to insert or become inserted: she worked the patch in carefully
(tr) to find space for: I'll work this job in during the day
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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How to use work in in a sentence
“Rather than the finalized models, we display the experimental work-in-progress ones,” Migarou says.
On the first night of previews, a work-in-progress feel is to be expected.
This is a work-in-progress; it didn't come out just as I wanted.
It won 2008's J. Anthony Lukas Work-in-Progress Award and the Ernesta Drinker Ballard Book Prize.
I might have had his place, but somehow or other I prefer to work in-doors and rest nights.Half-Hours with Jimmieboy | John Kendrick Bangs
But a little time each day is needed, never over half an hour of actual work in-doors and an hour out-of-doors.How to Get Strong and How to Stay So | William Blaikie
Other Idioms and Phrases with 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]
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