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    work their way up seems to mean, in dictionaries, "make a big break", but does it here mean just physically "going up"?

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    ex)The Maleo is a medium-sized blackish bird with a reddish-orange beak...After the eggs hatch, the young birds work their way up through the sand...

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    Yes, because the eggs are buried in the sand: Maleo - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

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    Default Re: work their way up

    Quote Originally Posted by keannu View Post
    work their way up seems to mean, in dictionaries, "make a big break",
    No, it doesn't mean that. It means to start low and, by hard work, end up somewhere higher. It's usually a slow process that has nothing to do with "making a big break".

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