Work on: To attempt to influence or manipulate someone or their emotions in order to achieve a particular result.
1 : to affect or alter by indirect or intangible means
2 : to have an effect on the condition or development of (Merriam Webster)
What is the difference between “influence” and “work on”? Is “work on” more active and forceful than “influence”? Are they interchangeable in the following 2 sentences from the free dictionary?
- I'll work on your father and see if I can get him to change his mind.
- The film seems to be working on our sense of nostalgia to cover over how thin the plot and characters are.