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English definition of “work on sb”

work on sb

informal
verb uk phrasal verb with work   /wɜːk/ us    /wɝːk/
to try to persuade or influence someone: [+ to infinitive] I'm working on my father to get him to take me to the airport.Urging and persuadingCausing somebody to act
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