the works

Definition of the works

  1. 1 :  the moving parts of a machine the works of a clock —sometimes used figuratively The office used to be very efficient, but the new regulations have gummed up the works.

  2. 2 informal :  everything that there is to have or do :  everything that is available They ordered a pizza with the works. When we went to New York, we visited the museums, did some shopping, saw some shows—the whole works.

Word by Word Definitions

workplay works
  1. :  activity in which one exerts strength or faculties to do or perform something:

    :  sustained physical or mental effort to overcome obstacles and achieve an objective or result

    :  the labor, task, or duty that is one's accustomed means of livelihood

  1. :  used for work

    :  suitable or styled for wear while working

    :  involving or engaged in work

  1. :  to bring to pass :  effect

    :  to fashion or create a useful or desired product by expending labor or exertion on :  forge, shape

    :  to make or decorate with needlework

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a rounded knoll or a ridge of ice

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