hackwork

[ hak-wurk ]
/ ˈhækˌwɜrk /

noun

writing, painting, or any professional work done for hire and usually following a formula rather than being motivated by any creative impulse.

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Origin of hackwork

First recorded in 1850–55; hack2 + work
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Example sentences from the Web for hackwork

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

    Turner|William Cosmo Monkhouse

British Dictionary definitions for hackwork

hackwork
/ (ˈhækˌwɜːk) /

noun

undistinguished literary work produced to order
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