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- v. To lose (weight) by doing physical work.
- v. To end a debt by doing labor for the debt holder
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- v. cause to go away through effort or work
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To Mozart, however, there was something uncanny in the whole matter, and he could not work off the suspicious dread that the death-music he was writing was an omen of his own end.
Certain country cousins who occasionally visited the family of Ralph Waldo Emerson cut all mental work off short; the philosopher laid down his pen when the cousins came a-cousining and literally took to the woods.
John Ancrum Winslow, had served in the navy of the United States for thirty-seven years, and had done good work off Vera Cruz in the war with Mexico, but the crowning achievement of his life was at hand.
Tennis became Coley's chief recreation, enabling him to work off his superfluous energy at the expense of far less time than cricket matches require, and in this, as in everything active, he soon excelled.
He flashes his 100-watt smile at my husband Bart and me, as we chat idly beside an exercise bike—just a couple of 50-somethings hoping to work off the effects of desk jobs, stress, and our love for food, wine and beer.
He’d poured a lot of energy, elbow grease, and money into the rundown unit but it had been worth it, giving him an outlet, a way to work off energy from the stress of his job as well as give him a project to ï¬ll the few hours he had off with something constructive.
-- Take a handful of each of the following barks, red-bud horn-beam, (commonly called iron wood,) red-elm, sweet-gum and black-gum; also, a handful of yellow root and iron-weed root, make a strong decoction of these articles, and let the patient drink of it freely, a purge of the anti-billious pills should be taken to work off the acrid contents of the bowels.
The Cherokee Physician, or Indian Guide to Health, as Given by Richard Foreman, a Cherokee Doctor; Comprising a Brief View of Anatomy, With General Rules for Preserving Health without the Use of Medicines. The Diseases of the U. States, with Their Symptoms, Causes, and Means of Prevention, are Treated on in a Satisfactory Manner. It Also Contains a Description of a Variety of Herbs and Roots, Many of which are not Explained in Any Other Book, and their Medical Virtues have Hitherto been Unknown to the Whites; To which is Added a Short Dispensatory.
Until then she hadn’t liked to use Father Ralph’s own mount, but after that she alternated to give both the animals in the stables a chance to work off their oats.
"Manual" into shape and work off some other arrears.