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works /wɜːks/ pl n
  1. (often functioning as singular) a place where a number of people are employed, such as a factory
  2. the sum total of a writer's or artist's achievements, esp when considered together: the works of Shakespeare
  3. the deeds of a person, esp virtuous or moral deeds performed as religious acts: works of charity
  4. the interior parts of the mechanism of a machine, etc: the works of a clock
  5. in the worksinformal in preparation
  6. the worksslang full or extreme treatment
  7. a very violent physical beating: to give someone the works

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