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handiwork

[han-dee-wurk] /ˈhæn diˌwɜrk/
noun
1.
work done by hand.
2.
the characteristic quality of a particular doer or maker:
In all of Mozart's music we discover the handiwork of a genius.
3.
the result of work done by hand:
woven mats and other handiwork.
Origin of handiwork
1000
before 1000; Middle English handiwerk, Old English handgeweorc, variant of handweorc (cognate with German Handwerk). See hand, y-, work
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  • He brought in the result of his handiwork, as smiling as a basket of chips.

  • Wat, who had artistically applied the make-up, viewed his handiwork with admiration.

    Slaves of Mercury Nat Schachner
  • The hands of society are harsh, and this man was a striking sample of its handiwork.

    White Fang Jack London
  • Then the three men surveyed their handiwork with much satisfaction.

    The First Violin Jessie Fothergill
  • Just about every man in the neighborhood was wearing her handiwork on his body.

    L'Assommoir Emile Zola
British Dictionary definitions for handiwork

handiwork

/ˈhændɪˌwɜːk/
noun
1.
work performed or produced by hand, such as embroidery or pottery
2.
the result of the action or endeavours of a person or thing
Word Origin
Old English handgeweorc, from hand + geweorc, from ge- (collective prefix) + weorcwork
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Word Origin and History for handiwork
n.

late 12c., from Old English handgeweorc, from hand (n.) + geweorc, collective form of weorc "work" (see work). Old English ge- regularly reduces to i- in Middle English, and the word probably came to be felt as handy + work.

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