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busywork

[biz-ee-wurk] /ˈbɪz iˌwɜrk/
noun
1.
work assigned for the sake of looking or keeping busy.
Origin
1840-1850
1840-50; busy + work
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n.

also busy work, 1910, from busy (adj.) + work (n.).

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