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Rfd-sense: to work hard. Redundant to the sense to work off, which I corrected because it's not restricted to debts but is used in all kinds of contexts. -- Prince Kassad 19:47, 24 March 2011 (UTC)
- "To work off" is restricted to debts, at least in my mind. I don't see "to work hard" being a subset of "to work off" at all.--Prosfilaes 22:46, 24 March 2011 (UTC)
- Then I guess the sense needs improving. abarbeiten can be used in quite a lot of situations, such as working off hours in a job, processing a to-do list, etc. The reflexive sense is really just an application of the other sense, but if it's written that badly, of course nobody will understand it. -- Prince Kassad 22:52, 24 March 2011 (UTC)
- Just for reference, my dictionary has this: abarbeiten (Verb) 1.) work off (Schuld), work (Überfahrt, Vertragszeiten), run (Computerprogramme), execute (Befehle) 2.) slave away. -- Prince Kassad 23:11, 24 March 2011 (UTC)
- After de:-ab this seems to be a differnet meaning of the prefix: [2a] ganz und gar, bis zur Erschöpfung, bis zur Untauglichkeit, bis zur Tilgung - to do something completely until exhaustion, incabability, extinction.Matthias Buchmeier 09:48, 25 March 2011 (UTC)
- I've modified the definitions per other German dictionaries, which do have two senses, "work hard" and "take care of through work". Can we close the discussion now? - -sche (discuss) 03:43, 29 February 2012 (UTC)
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- to get (a ship) off or afloat.
- to wear out (a tool, etc).
-- Prince Kassad 19:47, 24 March 2011 (UTC)