work one's way
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
: 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
: used for work
: suitable or styled for wear while working
: involving or engaged in work
: 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
: a thoroughfare for travel or transportation from place to place
: an opening for passage
: the course traveled from one place to another : route
: of, connected with, or constituting an intermediate point on a route
: by a long distance : to a considerable degree or extent : far
: by far : much
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