- writing, painting, or any professional work done for hire and usually following a formula rather than being motivated by any creative impulse.
Origin of hackwork
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He had in effect emancipated himself from hackwork, and could turn his attention to more congenial and ambitious labour.Turner
William Cosmo Monkhouse
- undistinguished literary work produced to order
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