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in the works

in the works

Date: Dec 08 2011

Themes: Pop Culture


1. Quote - Listen to the quote and guess what the slang means.

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“I have two films in the works and I’d love to do more TV.”

- Actress Eva Longoria on her plans after Desperate Housewives. (Us Weekly)

- 女演员伊娃·朗歌莉亚 (Eva Longoria) 介绍拍摄完《绝望的主妇》 (Desperate Housewives) 之后的计划。


1. Definition - Study the definition.

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in process, getting ready to happen

2. Use - Learn how the slang is used.

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After seven years on TV, the international hit Desperate Housewives is in its final season. But that doesn’t mean the stars of the show are going to be out of work. Actress Eva Longoria says she has plenty of projects in the works.

Whatever your plans, dreams, or schemes are, that’s what you have in the works. When something is in the works, it is being prepared or getting ready to happen. It hasn’t happened yet, but it probably will soon. When Eva Longoria says she has a couple of films in the works, it probably means that she has agreed to star in a couple of films, but hasn’t started working on them yet.

There are several other idioms that use “work.” For instance, if something works like a charm, it goes perfectly. If someone throws a wrench in the works, on the other hand, they ruin it.

Can you think of any other idioms that use “work” or “works”? What plans do you have in the works right now?


1. Examples - Hear some example sentences.

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“Opening a restaurant is something we’ve had in the works for years, and it looks like it’s finally going to happen.”

“Do you have any big plans in the works for this weekend?”

“Sean likes to keep busy. He always has a lot of different projects in the works.”


1. Winners - See who guessed the slang definition correctly.

selvgali It is when you are planning something for next future and it is in process, but not done yet.
by selvgaliSuper Member!
Manu4 Currently planning, pending to do after some other project.
by Manu4
Ahshan in planing,in processing.
by Ahshan
englishty It means something in your schedule and you'll definitely do it later
by englishty
cubi1604 In the making; In progess
by cubi1604
 julito Scheduled to do them in the future.
by julito
Tamie it means being planned or worked on
by Tamie

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 I am currently a student as you can probably tell so I am terribly broke. However, there are a lot of things in the work now waiting for me to solve. I am studying for my master degree in electronic engineering. I have been planning to write a master thesis. The project I prefer is designing a chip. However, my instructor gives me something that I am not really sure which part of it could use the knowledge of electronic engineering. I am kind of lost and confused. I hope I can make it clear with him later.Smile

03:26 AM Dec 13 2011 |



i’v had alot to do in the works  but  unfortunately everything seems to be frozen Frown 

NO matter WHAT i aint gonna give up Smile

03:45 PM Dec 08 2011 |




it means something u have budget for and which will be done in the future

03:20 PM Dec 08 2011 |



I have many things in the works. like improving my English and learning some moe languages.

I believe everuone has something in the woks. They should!!

01:39 PM Dec 08 2011 |




This lesson is great!

12:52 PM Dec 08 2011 |




i really love Eva Longoria.

12:11 PM Dec 08 2011 |




its mean like a project about future

11:46 AM Dec 08 2011 |




Baset , you can do it , i believe you …........

08:15 AM Dec 08 2011 |




i love that picture :>

08:04 AM Dec 08 2011 |

The Last Joke


guys ! thanks a lot ! 

07:41 AM Dec 08 2011 |



I know you will go a long way may lord fulfill every wiah of yours.

07:35 AM Dec 08 2011 |

The Last Joke


1- Completing my studies (  Business Administration ) is something I have had in the works for three years , and it looks like it isn’t going to happen !!

2- Making a Commercial relationship between some companies in Asia with some companies in  Africa is something I have had in the works for one year , and it looks like it isn’t going to succeed !

Because , the Situation always is very difficult in my country !!!


06:32 AM Dec 08 2011 |




great lesson. Something that i have to do in the works but why i can’t move it out Frown

05:35 AM Dec 08 2011 |




i have a lot of thing in the works and have to  finish it later…and so tired ,fed up with..,

02:12 AM Dec 08 2011 |



It means we have planed something, and it will happen recently, but doesn’t happen now after all.

01:46 AM Dec 08 2011 |

Learner of Life


Nice lesson! Thank you…

01:23 AM Dec 08 2011 |

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