work out

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1. come to a positive end, find a solution

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work out the problem, it'll all work out

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To 'work out' means to solve something or figure something out, such as a mathematical problem that is possible to be solved. How something 'works out' can also refer to its result. "I hope the new role works out for you." "How did the negotiation work out?" This is a useful phrasal verb in social and professional contexts.

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  1. The Mathematics Teacher showed the students how to work out the equation.
  2. Don't worry about it. It'll all work out in the end.
  3. Okay, if everyone will just sit down, we can talk about this and we'll work something out.
  4. We were really stressed out about moving house, but I got a new job so it all worked out for the best.

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  1. We need to work out how to best market this product to our target market.
  2. How did your negotiation with the sales team work out?

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finish off

2. physical exercise

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work out in the gym, a work-out

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To 'work out' is also to engage in exercise, particularly at a gym. "I work out every morning before coming to the office." As a noun, 'a workout' refers to an undertaking of intense physical exercise.

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  1. My wife and I went to the gym to work out for a while.
  2. I started my work-out at 6pm, and I wasn't finished until 9. I'm exhausted!
  3. I really enjoy working out. I feel great afterwards.

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throw (your) weight around

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