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EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR WORK

“Master Headley will give us work, mayhap,” said Stephen, turning to Tibble.

"That's a pretty good afternoon's work," he said to himself.

Mrs. Rushton was sitting at her work, in rather a disconsolate frame of mind.

When they had gone, he went back to the work of final adjustment.

Robert soon settled to work, and picked steadily and rapidly.

Robert hurried home, and rushed into the kitchen where his mother was at work.

It was three o'clock, and he would be resting from his work.

But the incendiary had taken care to do his work so well that it was already impossible.

"A man has to work here a few years to love it," said Uncle Peter, shortly.

Honestly, I am glad to find you here at your work in your miner's clothes.

WORD ORIGIN

Old English weorc, worc "something done, deed, action, proceeding, business, military fortification," from Proto-Germanic *werkan (cf. Old Saxon, Old Frisian, Dutch werk, Old Norse verk, Middle Dutch warc, Old High German werah, German Werk, Gothic gawaurki), from PIE root *werg- "to work" (see urge (v.)).

In Old English, the noun also had the sense of "fornication." Workhouse in the sense of "place where the poor or petty criminals are lodged" first appeared 1650s. Works "industrial place" (usually with qualifying adj.) is attested from 1580s. Work ethic recorded from 1959.

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