Work like a charm

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Work like a charm is an idiom. We will examine the meaning of the idiom work like a charm, where it came from, and some examples of its idiomatic usage in sentences.

To work like a charm means to work extremely well, to be very effective, to function very efficiently to produce highly favorable results. The expression work like a charm is an allusion to magic; the idea is that the item functioned in such an effective manner that is almost seemed to be under a magic spell. The idiom work like a charm came into use in the 1820s; related phrases are works like a charm, worked like a charm, working like a charm.


Unlike traditional celebrities, influencers enjoy a strong rapport with their fans thus making influencer marketing work like a charm for creating brand awareness and achieving other marketing goals. (The Financial Express)

There’s echo cancellation and noise reduction features which work like a charm during Zoom calls or Google Meet meetings. (Economic Times)

Whatever Larrick said between the third and fourth sets, however, worked like a charm as Brookside rediscovered its game. (The Chronicle Telegram)