in the works

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

in +‎ the +‎ works

Adjective[edit]

in the works (not comparable)

  1. Used other than as an idiom: In a mechanism or machine.
    Be careful not to get any debris in the works.
  2. (idiomatic) Being planned or worked upon.
    They always have some wonderful new project in the works.

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