or worked up, wrought-up
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Origin of worked-up
Words nearby worked-up
Definition for wrought-up (2 of 2)
- (used with a singular or plural verb) a place or establishment for manufacturing (often used in combination): ironworks.
- the working parts of a machine: the works of a watch.
- Theology. righteous deeds.
- everything; all related items or matters: a hamburger with the works.
- harsh or cruel treatment: to give someone the works.
verb (used without object), worked or (Archaic) wrought; working.
verb (used with object), worked or ( Archaic except for 29, 31, 34 ) wrought; working.
- to bring or put in; add, merge, or blend: The tailor worked in the patch skillfully. Work the cream into the hands until it is completely absorbed.
- to arrange a time or employment for: The dentist was very busy, but said she would be able to work me in late in the afternoon. They worked him into the new operation.
- to lose or dispose of, as by exercise or labor: We decided to work off the effects of a heavy supper by walking for an hour.
- to pay or fulfill by working: He worked off his debt by doing odd jobs.
- to bring about by work, effort, or action.
- to solve, as a problem.
- to arrive at by or as by calculation.
- to pay (a debt) by working instead of paying money.
- to exhaust, as a mine.
- to issue in a result.
- to evolve; elaborate.
- to amount to (a total or specified figure); add up (to): The total works out to 176.
- to prove effective or successful: Their marriage just didn't work out.
- to practice, exercise, or train, especially in order to become proficient in an athletic sport: The boxers are working out at the gym tonight.
- to study or examine thoroughly: For my term paper I worked over 30 volumes of Roman history.
- Informal. to beat unsparingly, especially in order to obtain something or out of revenge: They threatened to work him over until he talked.
- to move or stir the feelings; excite.
- to prepare; elaborate: Work up some plans.
- to increase in efficiency or skill: He worked up his typing speed to 70 words a minute.
Origin of work
SYNONYMS FOR work
OTHER WORDS FROM worknon·work, nounpre·work, verb, pre·worked or pre·wrought, pre·work·ing.pre·work, noun, adjective
Example sentences from the Web for wrought-up
It was a never-to-be-forgotten scene,—the wrought-up faces, the fixed calm of Mrs. Ray herself.In a Mysterious Way|Anne Warner
Frank 88 found some relief for his wrought-up feelings in informing the inventor of what had occurred.The Boy Aviators' Flight for a Fortune|Wilbur Lawton
She saw at a glance—indeed, had seen beforehand, in anticipation—the wrought-up, exhausted condition Constance had reached.The Message|Alec John Dawson
He was very pitiful of her in her wrought-up state, and he soothed her with tender caresses.Banked Fires|E. W. (Ethel Winifred) Savi
But if we allow ourselves to be carried away by heightened emotions, or by wrought-up feelings, we may develop fanaticism.The Inner Consciousness|Swami Prakashananda
British Dictionary definitions for wrought-up (1 of 2)
British Dictionary definitions for wrought-up (2 of 2)
- decoration or ornamentation, esp of a specified kind
- (in combination)wirework; woolwork
- at one's job or place of employment
- in action; operating
Derived forms of workworkless, adjectiveworklessness, noun
Word Origin for work
Scientific definitions for wrought-up
Cultural definitions for wrought-up
Idioms and Phrases with wrought-up
In addition to the idioms beginning with work
- work both sides of the street
- worked up, be
- work in
- work it
- work like a beaver
- work like a charm
- work off
- work on
- work one's fingers to the bone
- work one's way
- work out
- work over
- work up
- work wonders
- all in a day's work
- all work and no play
- at work
- busy work
- dirty work
- get down to (work)
- good works
- gum up (the works)
- have one's work cut out
- in the works
- make short work of
- many hands make light work
- out of work
- shoot the works
- the works
- turn (work) out all right