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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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  • They were high-fed and underworked; of course, somewhat riotous.

    Anecdotes of Dogs

    Edward Jesse

  • The man who is underworked rarely does the little that he has to do thoroughly and punctually.

  • The penalty of frayed nerves, overworked brains, and underworked bodies is failure of body and mind.

  • The horses, overfed and underworked, had been rendered frantic by the drive through the park from the further west.


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