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English definition of “be at work”

be at work

to be working : The labourers were at work in the fields .Work, working and the workplaceWorking hours and periods of workBusy and activeHurrying and doing things quickly literary to be having an effect , usually an obvious or bad effect : It seems as though forces of destruction are increasingly at work throughout society .Occurring and happening Grammar:Work (noun)Grammar:Work as an uncountable nounWork is an uncountable noun when it means something we do that takes an effort, often as part of a job or for study:Grammar:Work as a countable nounWork as a countable noun means something created, especially a book or painting or piece of music or sculpture:
(Definition of be at work from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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