Meaning of “be at work” in the English Dictionary


"be at work" in English

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be at work

to be working:

The labourers were at work in the fields.

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.

(Definition of “be at work” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)