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taskwork

[task-wurk, tahsk-]
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noun
  1. work assigned or imposed as a task.
  2. unpleasant or disagreeable work.
  3. work paid for by the job; piecework.
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Origin of taskwork

First recorded in 1480–90; task + work
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Examples from the Web for taskwork

Historical Examples

  • But he would do nothing as taskwork, and his creative brain loved better to invent than to execute.

    Renaissance in Italy Vol. 3

    John Addington Symonds

  • It's clear I can't do two things at a time—make love and carry on my taskwork.

  • That is the appointed time for the daily emigration, and until all the taskwork is done, no straggling whatever is permitted.

  • Many of the later compositions even lack religious feeling, and seem to have been written as taskwork.

  • After being engaged in his taskwork at the India House, he returned in the evening to amuse his father by playing cribbage.


British Dictionary definitions for taskwork

taskwork

noun
  1. hard or unpleasant work
  2. a rare word for piecework
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