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busywork

[ biz-ee-wurk ]
/ ˈbɪz iˌwɜrk /
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noun

work assigned for the sake of looking or keeping busy.

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Origin of busywork

First recorded in 1840–50; busy + work
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busy work

Activity meant to take up time but not actually be productive. For example, We have to put in an eight-hour day, even if we do nothing but busy work. [c. 1840]

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