work one's way

idiom
Updated on: 15 Nov 2017

Definition of work one's way

1 : to move oneself into or out of a particular position slowly or with difficulty
  • I worked my way to the center of the crowd.
  • They started working their way cautiously down the side of the mountain.
sometimes used figuratively
  • He had worked his way into her heart.
  • She is slowly working her way to the top of the company.
2 : to have a job that helps pay for expenses while going to college/school
  • She is working her way through law school.

Word by Word Definitions

work play
  1. : to perform work or fulfill duties regularly for wages or salary

  2. : to perform or carry through a task requiring sustained effort or continuous repeated operations

  3. : to exert oneself physically or mentally especially in sustained effort for a purpose or under compulsion or necessity

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

  2. : activity that a person engages in regularly to earn a livelihood

  3. : a specific task, duty, function, or assignment often being a part or phase of some larger activity

  1. : suitable or styled for wear while working

  2. : used for work

  3. : involving or engaged in work

way play
  1. : a thoroughfare for travel or transportation from place to place

  2. : an opening for passage

  3. : the course traveled from one place to another : route

  1. : of, connected with, or constituting an intermediate point on a route

  1. : by a long distance : to a considerable degree or extent : far

  2. : by far : much

  3. : very


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