bookwork

[book-wurk]
noun
1.
work or research that requires studying or reading, as distinguished from laboratory experimentation or the like.
2.
bookkeeping or other paperwork necessary to the running of a business.
3.
Printing. work on books or pamphlets, as distinguished from work on newspapers.
Also, book-work.


Origin:
1840–50; book + work; compare Old English bōcweorc study, independently formed from same elements

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bookwork (ˈbʊkˌwɜːk)
 
1.  the keeping of accounts
2.  learning through the study of books rather than from practical experience

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Example sentences
She also did a lot of farm work with us, from milking the cows to doing the bookwork.
The bookwork required to keep up with the frequent monthly payroll changes was quite noteworthy.
He performed well with much of the bookwork but did struggle with his practical skills.
She denied that she could have done bookwork or take phone messages because this was not work for which she was qualified.
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