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    #1

    chow/shack up/work out

    Dear teachers,

    Would you be kind enough to tell me whether I am right with my interpretation of the expressions in bold in the following sentences?

    I've had enough of that prison chow .

    chow = grub

    He shacked up with some babe over in Whiting.

    shack up with = sleep with

    We can work this out !

    Work out your own salvation with fear and trembling.

    work out = to effect by labor and exertion

    John worked out his math problems all by himself.

    Mary had trouble getting along with her roommate, but they worked it out.

    work out = to find an answer to; accomplish by work or effort

    Mary worked out a beautiful design for a sweater.

    Alice worked out a new hair-do.

    work out = to plan; develop;formulate

    The engineers worked out a system for getting electricity to the factory.

    work out = to accomplish; arrange

    If the traffic plan works out, it will be used in other cities too.

    work out = to be efficient; get results

    John works out in the gym two hours every day.

    work out = engage in strenuous exercise for physical conditioning

    This gold mine has been completely worked out.

    work out = exhaust a resource

    Thank you for your efforts.

    Regards,

    V.

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    #2

    Exclamation Re: chow/shack up/work out

    Quote Originally Posted by vil View Post
    Dear teachers,

    Would you be kind enough to tell me whether I am right with my interpretation of the expressions in bold in the following sentences?
    I've had enough of that prison chow .

    chow = grub (not in common use)=Chow, is a breed of dog that was first developed in Mongolia about 4,000 years ago and was later introduced into China
    Chow meinis a generic Chinese term for a dish of stir-fried noodles, of which there are many varieties.

    He shacked up with some babe over in Whiting.

    shack up with = sleep with= to live together as husband and wife without being legally married.

    We can work this out !

    Work out your own salvation with fear and trembling. When we work like that God works in us to give us the will to do what needs to be done to bring about salvation

    work out = to effect by labor and exertion

    John worked out his math problems all by himself. Ok

    Mary had trouble getting along with her roommate, but they worked it out.

    work out = to find an answer to; accomplish by work or effort Ok

    Mary worked out a beautiful design for a sweater. Ok

    Alice worked out a new hair-do. Ok

    work out = to plan; develop; formulate

    The engineers worked out a system for getting electricity to the factory.

    work out = to accomplish; arrange Ok

    If the traffic plan works out, it will be used in other cities too. Ok

    work out = to be efficient; get results, It is also true negatively:
    Their marriage just didn't work out.
    John works out in the gym two hours every day. Ok

    work out = engage in strenuous exercise for physical conditioning= to practice, exercise, or train in order to become proficient
    This gold mine has been completely worked out.Ok

    work out = exhaust a resource

    Thank you for your efforts.

    Regards,

    V.
    All are fine except 'chow' which is more associated with Chinese dog and food.


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    #3

    Re: chow/shack up/work out

    I agree with the comments before, but just one thing: Chow.

    It can be used as a verb: Let's go chow down on some of that spicey chow mein!

    Look at how Harvey is chowing down on that burger!

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