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work wonders

Succeed, produce a good outcome, as in The new coat of paint works wonders with this bedroom, or The physical therapy has worked wonders with these patients. Literally meaning “perform miracles,” this term has been used somewhat more loosely since the 1700s. Also see work like a charm.

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