piece of work

noun
a product produced or accomplished through the effort or activity or agency of a person or thing
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it is not regarded as one of his more memorable works

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the symphony was hailed as an ingenious work

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he was indebted to the pioneering work of John Dewey

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the work of an active imagination

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erosion is the work of wind or water over time

Syn: ↑work
Derivationally related forms: ↑work (for: ↑work)
Hypernyms: ↑product, ↑production
Hyponyms:

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: a complicated, difficult, or eccentric person

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piece of work
1. A task
2. A fuss, ado
3. A person (usu with nasty, etc)
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Main Entry:piece

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noun, pl pieces of work [count]
chiefly US informal + often disapproving : someone who is difficult to understand : a complicated or strange person

She's a piece of work, isn't she?

Man, that guy's a real piece of work.

chiefly Brit : an unkind or unpleasant person

Her boyfriend is a nasty piece of work.


Useful english dictionary. 2012.

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  • some piece of work — a/some ˌpiece of ˈwork idiom (NAmE, informal) used to express the fact that you admire sb or find them amusing, often when they have done sth that surprises you • You re some piece of work, Jack, do you know that? Main entry: ↑ …   Useful english dictionary

  • piece rate — ➔ rate1 * * * piece rate UK US noun [C] HR ► a way of paying for work that is based on a fixed rate for a particular amount done rather than the time it takes to do the job: »They employed workers in developing countries and paid them on a piece… …   Financial and business terms


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