Work (one’s way) into something
Meaning # 1: To slowly get into a space that is small and tight.
The glue gradually worked its way into the crack in the table
Meaning # 2: To slowly get more deeply involved in something.
Soon, I’ll work my way into my confusing new position at my job. It’s a difficult job, but I’ll get it.
Meaning # 1: To earn money to put yourself through some kind of advanced education.
Sue worked her way through law school as a bartender.
I worked through the detailed application process slowly.
Meaning # 3: To struggle with some emotional or physical pain.
Andy had to work through his crippling depression after his wife died.
After I broke my ankle, I had to work through six months of grueling physical therapy.
Meaning: This phrase is used when describing typical or normal tasks that are to be expected in a run-of-the-mill day.
When I became a mother I knew that doing laundry and washing dishes would be all in a day’s work.
Meaning: This proverb makes it clear that it is not healthy or wise for a person to work all the time and never take the time to relax.
Wayne shouldn’t work too many overtime hours. He should remember that all work and no play makes Jack a dull boy.
Meaning: To happen exactly as planned; to progress dependably and consistently.
The subway system in Seoul, South Korea runs like clockwork.
Meaning: This proverb tells us that if everyone helps with a large task, the project will be completed quicker and it will be easier for everyone in the long run.
Let’s all help to clean up Marsha’s house after the big party – many hands make light work, after all!
Meaning: To cause a problem in a plan.
When my application for a mortgage got declined, that really threw a monkey wrench into the works of my house hunting plans.
Meaning: Inactive or lazy people are more likely to do things they should not.
If you’re bored, you should find something constructive to do, because the devil finds work for idle hands.
|diligence||persistent effort to complete a task.|
|gradually||little by little; slowly|
|crippling||causing injury; damaging|
|grueling||exhausting; very tiring|
|dull||uninteresting; causing boredom|
|wise||wise decisions and actions are sensible and based on good judgment|
|dependable||capable of being relied on|
|mortgage||a loan of money to buy a home|
|idle||not active; unemployed|
|constructive||something that is useful|
Note: I have adapted this lesson from lesson plans I use with my students live online. Classes are 50 minutes long and can be done 1-1 or in small groups. For more information please visit my website www.monumentenglish.com