- work done at a desk.
- habitual writing, as that of a clerk.
Origin of desk work
First recorded in 1860–65
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Examples from the Web for desk work
He was poor and cut off from his fellows by the haughty shyness of his temper, weary of desk-work, and haunted by home-sickness.History of the English People, Volume VII (of 8)
John Richard Green
"Tired of towns and desk-work, and—and—" The Boy shifted about on his wooden stool, and held up his hands to the reviving blaze.The Magnetic North
Elizabeth Robins (C. E. Raimond)
Leader expressed himself satisfied to make an experiment at desk-work.Romantic Spain
John Augustus O'Shea