working order

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working order (uncountable)

  1. (especially of machinery) The state or condition of being operational or of functioning acceptably.
    • 1872 Mark Twain, Roughing It, ch. 45,
      The Commission got itself into systematic working order, and for weeks the contributions flowed into its treasury.
    • 1908, H. G. Wells, The War in the Air, ch. 10,
      The engine was in working order.
    • 2003, Unmesh Kher, "3 Flawed Assumptions About Postwar Iraq," Time, 22 Sep.,
      The Pentagon's plans assumed that Iraq's industrial base and utilities were in working order.