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[hed-wurk] /ˈhɛdˌwɜrk/
mental labor; thought.
Origin of headwork
First recorded in 1830-40; head + work
Related forms
headworker, noun
headworking, noun Unabridged
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  • When it comes to headwork, yer the captain—with a capital K. An' believe me!

  • You can beat any boy of your size at that sort of headwork that ever I saw.

    The Red Moccasins Morrison Heady
  • She is only twenty, very clever at any headwork, but curiously childish about anything real.

  • It wants nothing but courage; as to the headwork, I take that entirely upon myself.

    The Robbers Friedrich Schiller
  • She evidently came to the conclusion that the headwork had to go on and it was up to her to get busy in that line, at least.

British Dictionary definitions for headwork


mental work
the ornamentation of the keystone of an arch
Derived Forms
headworker, noun
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