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    Vocabulary and idioms: work

    In this lesson, a complement of lessons  test  and  test here, I will give you more expressions and words about WORK.



    This lesson will also give you several idioms which are often used in conversation. Pick and choose those attracting you!   



                                              Field work                                            Working for nothing - no money! 


     Work experience                                          Work schedule                                                        
     Work ethic  Work surface
     A donkey work 

     Field work 

     Leg work



                                 The work surface                                                        Team work


     Busy work  Scut work  
     Back breaking work                                         Rewarding work 
     Freelance work  Humanitarian work   
     Seasonal work  Shift work 
     Collaborative work                                              Undercover work
     A dirty work  Keep up the good work!                                     



                                         A work of art                                                 A donkey work


     A backlog of work  A good day's work 
     A work of fiction  A work of art 
     Work in progress  A stroke of work 
     A back-breaking work                                  NSFW= Not Safe For Work                            




    To work like a horse!/ Work very very hard...                          To get one's work done


     To work one's way up  To work one's socks off  
     To work hand in hand  To work miracles / magic  
     To work stg out  To be worked up 
     To make short work of  To knock off work 
     To have/ get work done                             To get down to work 
     To take on work  To get work done
     To work for peanuts                                          To make light work of stg                              


    And a few idioms: many proverbs and sayings are mentioning "WORK"

    (let's not forget that Anglo-Saxon work ethic is based on the moral benefit and the value of WORK:)  





                     Only fools and horses work...                     To work oneself to the bones


    - ... a maid of all works= a Jack of all trades : (a servant who does everything)

    - "The devil finds work for idle hands to do" (Those who don't work are tempted to do evil...)

    - "Team work makes the dream work"   

    - "Many hands makes light work" : group work is the key to success. 

    - "Only fools and horses work." 

    - "All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy...: Those who work too much without enjoying themselves are uninteresting people... 

    - "All play and no work makes Jack a silly boy!...: Those who enjoy themselves and never "work" will become stupid... 

    - "To throw the wrench in the works" 

    - "She worked her fingers to the bones..." = to work too much

    - "To work like a dog/ like a Trojan/ like a mule/ like a slave/ like a horse!" 

    - "To work oneself into a lather..." : to become very upset. 


    An extensive selection from which to choose...  The test should reassure you... I hope it will... I give you the FORCE... 


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    1. 'As Tom and Lucy can’t pay a lot to move out, all our friends will help them carry their boxes to their new flat. '

    2. To become an archeologist, you must study in books, of course, but you must also do for 12 to 30 months and get experience doing digs.

    3. As he’s very helpful, Mark is always ready to change his in order to be able to help the other members of the team.

    4. 'Of course, this job isn’t well paid, but it’s so that I’m going to stick to it.'

    5. 'Congratulations... You’re so conscientious that you have improved your level a lot! , and you’ll pass your exam with flying colours.'

    6. ', and you're just sitting there doing nothing!That’s not fair!'

    7. 'Let me remind you that all must be finished before the deadline. You have five days left...'

    8. She’s a single mother and she in order to send her kids to College.

    9. 'Of course I you'll have to pay! You didn't think I was going to do all that , did you?'

    10. As he had difficulties to find a job, Simon decided to do some as a photographer.



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