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EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR WORKING

In these solitary tours he was busy and happy, working and playing.

Henry is now working ten hours a day out to the packinghouse.

But now that I've been working for almost a year I find I'd rather keep on working.

His enmity to the working classes made him extremely unpopular.

And working men may keep the wall, and jostle prince and peer.

In what section of the city did most of the working girls, who had no homes, live?

By working shoulder to shoulder, together we can increase the bounty of all.

Mr. Bright objected because the working classes were excluded.

Now, waking, his hand was working nervously across the floor of the shack.

These difficulties, with many kindred ones, are the working of the laws of Mammon.

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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