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underwork

[uhn-der-wurk]
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verb (used with object), un·der·worked, un·der·work·ing.
  1. to do less work on than is necessary or required: to underwork an idea.
  2. to employ inadequately: He underworks his mind and overworks his feet.
verb (used without object), un·der·worked, un·der·work·ing.
  1. to do less work than is normal or proper: He is fat because he underworks and overeats.

Origin of underwork

First recorded in 1495–1505; under- + work
Related formsun·der·work·er, noun
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Historical Examples

  • And, verily, such is his aspiring nature, that he will under-work any man in the world!

    An English Garner (4 of 8)

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  • The "Dutch" under-lived, and were thereby enabled, he said, "to under-work and under-sell the English."

  • More voices collapse from over-practice and more careers collapse from under-work than from anything else.