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See also: day-work and day work


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From Middle English daywork, daywerk, from Old English dæġweorc, from Proto-Germanic *dagawerką, equivalent to day +‎ work.



daywork (plural dayworks)

  1. (obsolete) The work done in a day; a day's work. [10th-19th c.]
  2. (obsolete) The amount of land that can be worked in a day. [14th-17th c.]
  3. Work carried out or paid for on a daily basis; day labour. [from 16th c.]
  4. Work done during the day; specifically, the cover-work carried out by someone involved in intelligence work, as opposed to their secret activities.
    • 1979, John Le Carré, Smiley's People, Folio Society 2010, p. 257:
      ‘The task of servicing such moles is not entrusted to normal overseas residencies but to a Karla representative, as he is known, usually a military officer, whose daywork is to be an attaché of an Embassy.’

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