- to do less work on than is necessary or required: to underwork an idea.
- to employ inadequately: He underworks his mind and overworks his feet.
- to do less work than is normal or proper: He is fat because he underworks and overeats.
Origin of underwork
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Examples from the Web for underwork
But Lablache, its owner, was never one to underwork his men.The Story of the Foss River Ranch
The stage was of rough boards upon an underwork of upright barrels and trestles.A Gentleman Player
Robert Neilson Stephens
The pinnacles and upper set-off of the two centre buttresses in the figure were added by Wykeham to Edingdon's underwork.Bell's Cathedrals: The Cathedral Church of Winchester
Philip Walsingham Sergeant
In sprig H the underwork consists of stitching in soft cotton, over which thick silk is embroidered in bullion-stitch.Art in Needlework
Lewis F. Day
But while Marx thus objects to piecework because it leads to overwork, he objects to it also because it leads to underwork.Contemporary Socialism