Applying personal initiative and responsibility throughout a duration of time, in order to accomplish either a short or long term goal.
Son: Dad i really want to own my own business one day and grow up to be a chulo just like you.

Dad: First off you can never be a true chulo, but if you go to college, study hard and put in work, one day you might own your own business.
by TrU CHU May 23, 2011
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To do something illegal/dangerous to get in with your crew. Such as killin' someone, attacking a rival gang, doin' a drug run, ect.
I need you to put in some work real quick.
iight, what I need to do?
You just need to put some crips six feet under.
AFTER...
iight, you put in work, you in now.
by Dope Boy Magic February 3, 2008
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1. Engage in gang-related activity.

2. Engage in something dangerous or illegal, especially if it involves getting in a gang or a crew.
Examples of when you PUT IN WORK can involve killing somebody, selling dope, etc.
by Mr. Terrence L. Trezvant February 29, 2008
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when you go to the mex mob mansion and light your fireworks off to wake all of them up because they turned their back on da lench mob
You ready to go put in work at the mex mob mansion tonight
by da lench mob July 3, 2006
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to put that work in (pronounced pu-da-wor-iyn) can mean several things. Generally speaking, it means to work at a job or get money. Another meaning of the term would be to have sex with a women. Overall, it can mean anything that improves oneself; it can be something that one does on a daily basis just to maintain sanity or health.
Example 1
#29: " I be tellin niggas...they gotta be puttin that work in. That cheese ain't gonna come on its own. If niggas want that paper, they gotta be puttin that work in"
Erup: No doubt, no doubt. I be telling my niggas that to.

Example 2
Alex: Yo Dave, where were you last night? I thought you said we was gonna chill?
Dave: Sorry bro, I was puttin that work in. I got this new bitch. She got that ass. So, anyway, what you end up doing last night?
Alex: Putting that work in with my bitch to.
Dave: Das wussup

Example 3
JLew: I'm going crazy man, and I feel like shit. I gotta put that work in.
by M.Solid June 18, 2009
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Giving it your all during sex
Girl #1: Girl, how was sex with Tyrone

Girl #2: Girl, it was amazing... He put in work honey
by ShyGuyActingHard November 20, 2012
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When you put in mad work for something or killing an opp could be putting in work for the gang
When you put in mad work for something to get cash Ex: killing an opp could be putting in work for the gang
“How’s it goin fam” reply “pretty good g just putting in mad work for that bread”
by Wassistheway October 3, 2020
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