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Definition of work on phrasal verb from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary

 

work on

 phrasal verb
phrasal verb
 
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Phrasal Verbs

work on somebody

 
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to try to persuade someone to agree to something or to do something He hasn't said he'll do it yet, but I'm working on him.

work on something

 
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to try hard to improve or achieve something You need to work on your pronunciation a bit more. “Have you gotten a babysitter for Friday yet?” “No, but I'm working on it.”
See the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary entry: work on