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work like a charm

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work it

verb phrase

To behave in a blatantly seductive way; engage in high-pressure salesmanship: Meanwhile, De Luca and Saperstein are working it hard from the conference room

[1980s+; propagated from a scene in the 1990 movie Pretty Woman, in which one prostitute urges another to Work it, girl, ''activate your derriere,'' as she approaches a possible client]


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Idioms and Phrases with work like a charm

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
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