Attempting to complete the remaining part of a trade, by finding either buyers or sellers for the rest. Bloomberg Financial Dictionary

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working work‧ing [ˈwɜːkɪŋ ǁ ˈwɜːr-] adjective [only before a noun]
1. working people have jobs that they are paid for:

• What will the effect of the tax changes be on working couples?

• In the U.K., less than 3% of the working population are now employed in agriculture.

— see also remote working, short-time working
2. a working man or woman does physical work, rather than work in management or administration:

• an ordinary working man

3. HUMAN RESOURCES working conditions or practices are ones that you have in your job:

• Workers want better pay and working conditions.

• Productivity is up 18% since a new labor pact last year swept away decades-old working practices.

4. HUMAN RESOURCES your working day, week etc is the period of time when you are doing your job:

Working hours are flexible here and the dress is casual.

• We want a shorter working day.

5. working breakfast/​lunch/​dinner a breakfast, lunch etc that is also a business meeting
6. be in ( good) working order to be working properly and not broken:

• He agreed to buy back the $130,000 machine, which he says is in good working order.

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working UK US /ˈwɜːkɪŋ/ adjective [before noun]
used to describe people who work and earn money: »

Too many working people are piling up debt on high-interest credit cards.


When employers ignore health and safety regulations, working men and women are needlessly put at risk.


Child care costs can be a significant burden for a working couple with children.


working couples/families/mothers

used to describe someone who does a job that usually is not very well paid and usually does not need a very high level of education: »

a working man/woman


In our celebrity-obsessed culture, the values of the ordinary working man are being ignored.

relating to someone's job, or to work in general: »

Older people encounter much prejudice about their ability to adapt to new working methods.


My manager and I have developed a close working relationship.


a working environment/culture

used to describe a plan, idea, or knowledge that is not complete but that is satisfactory for now: »

The working title of her book is ""Attracting Wealth"".


Applicants will need a working knowledge of French and Spanish.


a working assumption/hypothesis/definition

used to describe a machine or the parts of a machine that move and operate it: »

After three failed prototypes, we finally have a working model.

MEETINGS used to describe a meal at which you also work or discuss business: »

a working breakfast/lunch/dinner


Over a working lunch the HR team and a local architect studied office refurbishment plans.

be in (good) working order — Cf. be in working order
See also HARD-WORKING(Cf. ↑hard-working)
working UK US /ˈwɜːkɪŋ/ noun
[U] the activity of doing work: »

Our method of working involves one-to-one feedback.

workings — Cf. workings
See also COLLABORATIVE WORKING(Cf. ↑collaborative working), FLEXIBLE WORKING(Cf. ↑flexible working)

Financial and business terms. 2012.

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