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desk work

work done at a desk.
habitual writing, as that of a clerk.
Origin of desk work
1860-65 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2016.
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  • He was poor and cut off from his fellows by the haughty shyness of his temper, weary of desk-work, and haunted by home-sickness.

  • "Tired of towns and desk-work, and—and—" The Boy shifted about on his wooden stool, and held up his hands to the reviving blaze.

    The Magnetic North Elizabeth Robins (C. E. Raimond)
  • Leader expressed himself satisfied to make an experiment at desk-work.

    Romantic Spain John Augustus O'Shea

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