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work one's ass off

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  1. To go about a place begging, selling, stealing, etc; ply one's often-dishonest trade: She did not deserve charity. She worked the town (1851+)
  2. To exert one's charm, power, persuasiveness, etc, esp on an audience; manipulate: To watch Dick Engberg work the crowd and Al McGuire tossing peanuts to the spectators/ We watched him work the room a bit (1851+)

Related Terms

bullwork, dirty work, donkeywork, grunt work, nice work if you can get it, noodlework, scut

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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