work like a charm

Function very well, have a good effect or outcome, as in That knife-sharpener works like a charm, or Her deferential manner worked like a charm; he agreed to everything they'd asked for. This expression uses charm in the sense of “a magic spell.” [Mid-1800s] Also see work wonders.


Nearby words

  1. work force,
  2. work function,
  3. work in,
  4. work it,
  5. work like a beaver,
  6. work of art,
  7. work off,
  8. work on,
  9. work one's fingers to the bone,
  10. work one's way

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