work overtime


: to spend time working at one's job in addition to one's normal working hours
often used figuratively
Her imagination was working overtime.
He's been working overtime around the house to please his wife.

Examples of work overtime in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Editors’ Picks Image Falling prices and skittish bidders seen in last year’s sales meant that salespeople needed to work overtime to secure financial guarantees that would ensure a minimum level of success. Zachary Small, New York Times, 19 May 2024 Bar carts are underestimated accent pieces that work overtime to bring beauty and practicality into a space. Maria Conti, Better Homes & Gardens, 15 May 2024 In fact, 67% of those at the director level and up report needing to work overtime. Jane Thier, Fortune, 21 Mar. 2024 Some of Schneider’s former colleagues describe him as someone who tolerated very little and expected employees to work overtime. Kalia Richardson, Rolling Stone, 16 Mar. 2024 Guards are now regularly required to work overtime; they are ordered at the end of a shift to stay at work for another, often with no warning, leaving family plans in upheaval. Mario Koran, The New York Times / Wisconsin Watch and Justin Mayo, Big Local News, Journal Sentinel, 3 Feb. 2024 The Wildcats had to work overtime to win at Utah before facing a quick turnaround against a Colorado squad that desperately needed a quality win. Paul Myerberg, USA TODAY, 13 Feb. 2024 Software engineers work overtime to meet performance indicators. Foreign Affairs, 20 Feb. 2024 To maintain the correct orientation in flight, the craft’s thrusters are now having to work overtime and are eating into the limited fuel supply. Tori Latham, Robb Report, 9 Jan. 2024

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“Work overtime.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Jun. 2024.

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