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    work someone

    Hi,

    What does 'someone works someone else' mean? e.g.
    'He works (or worked) the rich man.'

    Many thanks.


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    Re: work someone

    Without context, my interpretation would be that "he" is trying to get money out of the rich man by a confidence trick.

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    Re: work someone

    Thank you, Anglika for your helpful explanation. I am sorry that I failed to give a context to you. But I think your interpretation is right. Here is the part of the context I should have given when I asked the question.

    'He blackmails the rich man into offering him a bribe in return for defending Robert in court.

    Thank you a lot for your help.

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