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[dahrg] /dɑrg/
Scot. and North England. a day's work.
Australian. a fixed or definite amount of work; a work quota.
Origin of darg
late Middle English
1375-1425; late Middle English dawerk, daiwerk, Old English dægweorc, equivalent to dæg day + weorc work Unabridged
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  • A drudger gets a darg, and a drucken wife the drucken penny.

    The Proverbs of Scotland Alexander Hislop
  • To "tine a darg," is to lose a day's work: you have arrived too late.

    The Proverbs of Scotland Alexander Hislop
  • But to ken that ane's purpose is right, and to make their heart strong, is the way to get through the warst day's darg.

  • The cook called him "my darg," and the men called the cook "Curry and Rice," with "old" before it mostly.

    While the Billy Boils Henry Lawson
  • In the day we spoke but seldom, save to ask what might be needful, as the day's darg and duty drifted us together.

    The Men of the Moss-Hags S. R. Crockett
  • If I like, I can dae my darg wi' ony man,' he replied rather ironically.

    The Guinea Stamp

    Annie S. Swan
British Dictionary definitions for darg


(Scot & Northern English, dialect) a day's work
Word Origin
C15: formed by syncope from day-work
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