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- Work, usually of a professional nature, either repetitive or done to a formula.
- 1978, Andrew Sinclair, Jack. A Biography of Jack London., page 56:
- During those fifteen months, he cannot have earned more than $10 a month from writing, mostly from the worst sort of hackwork
- 2019 July 3, Mike D'Angelo, “Oscar Isaac and Ben Affleck blunder through a heavy heist in J.C. Chandor’s Triple Frontier”, in AV Club:
- Early on, the film even blunders into outright hackwork, employing laughably literal-minded needle drops.