work off

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verb (tr, adverb)

to get rid of or dissipate, as by efforthe worked off some of his energy by digging the garden
to discharge (a debt) by labour rather than payment



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work off

Get rid of by work or effort, as in They worked off that big dinner by running on the beach, or It'll take him months to work off that debt. [Second half of 1600s]

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