a belief in the moral benefit and importance of work and its inherent ability to strengthen character.
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- work back,
- work both sides of the street,
- work camp,
- work expands to fill the time available for its completion,
- work farm,
- work force,
- work function,
- work in
Origin of work ethic
First recorded in 1950–55
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a belief in the moral value of work (often in the phrase Protestant work ethic)
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