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

First recorded in 1850–55; hack2 + work
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Historical Examples of hackwork

  • He had in effect emancipated himself from hackwork, and could turn his attention to more congenial and ambitious labour.


    William Cosmo Monkhouse

British Dictionary definitions for hackwork



undistinguished literary work produced to order
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