(the) (inner) workings (of)

Meaning(s)

1. the (internal) functions of something

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the inner workings of the machine/engine/device

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The 'inner workings of' something are the internal parts that allow it to function that are usually not visible from the outside: "There are not many people today who can understand the inner workings of a watch." "Psychology aims to understand the inner workings of the mind."

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  1. The police officer went undercover to discover the inner workings of the crime gang.
  2. Even with all the medical advancements we have made, we still do not fully understand the complex inner workings of the human brain.

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  1. Sandra became familiar with the workings of the firm during her internship.
  2. Mechanics must know the workings of all cars to have a successful career.

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