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[wurk-out] /ˈwɜrkˌaʊt/
a trial or practice session in athletics, as in running, boxing, or football.
a structured regime of physical exercise:
She goes to the gym for a workout twice a week.
any trial or practice session.
an act or instance of working something out.
Origin of workout
1890-95; noun use of verb phrase work out Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • Start with a manual preset workout to control duration and exercise intensity level, especially for first-time users.
  • There was nothing eventful about my workout in the gym that afternoon.
  • He had an opportunity to get used to college life and keep up with the workout regimen that the coach set for him.
  • And if you need to repeat some, it's easy to pick a different workout to try.
  • It allows one to get a little upper-body workout and improves stamina.
  • Partly for that reason, a proper loan workout has barely started.
  • Some people workout with a buddy in order to become accountable to someone.
  • Sometimes you read that such an enforced workout is a hopeless cause.
  • Once such a majority agreed to the terms of a workout, any dissatisfied bondholders would be prevented from challenging it.
  • Many people begin workout plans and diets and stick to them in the beginning, but then begin to falter.
Word Origin and History for workout

1909, "boxing bout for practice," from work + out. General sense of "spell of strenuous physical exercise" is attested by 1922. Verbal phrase work out "solve" (a problem, etc.) is from c.1600. Sense of "succeed" attested by 1909.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Slang definitions & phrases for workout

work like a charm

verb phrase

To achieve the objective with perfect success (1880+)

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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