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English definition of “be in work/out of work”

be in work/out of work

to have a job , or not to have a job : He was always in work, right from the day he left school . My father was out of work at the time , so we struggled , obviously . an out-of-work actor / manager Work, working and the workplaceWorking hours and periods of work 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 in work/out of work from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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