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hack +‎ work


hackwork (countable and uncountable, plural hackworks)

  1. 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[1]:
      Early on, the film even blunders into outright hackwork, employing laughably literal-minded needle drops.