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  1. the manufacture of cheap clothing.
  2. clothing of this kind.
  3. work that is carelessly or poorly done.

Origin of slopwork

First recorded in 1840–50; slop2 + work
Related formsslop·work·er, noun
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Examples from the Web for slopwork

Historical Examples

  • And thus what slopwork, what toymakers', ironmongers' stuff it all was!

    The Three Cities Trilogy, Complete

    Emile Zola

  • If they are tailors, they compete with old women in making “slopwork” for the lower class of salesmen.

British Dictionary definitions for slopwork


  1. the manufacture of cheap shoddy clothing or the clothes so produced
  2. any work of low quality
Derived Formsslopworker, noun
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