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To extract gradually.

Using some tweezers, he worked the bee sting out of his hand.

Additional definitions for 'work out':

work outTo calculate.
work outTo make sense of.
work outTo conclude with the correct solution.
work outTo succeed.
work outTo habitually exercise rigorously, especially by lifting weights, in order to increase strength or muscle mass or maintain fitness.
work outTo do exercises, especially physical.
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