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[hak-wurk] /ˈhækˌwɜrk/
writing, painting, or any professional work done for hire and usually following a formula rather than being motivated by any creative impulse.
Origin of hackwork
1850-55; hack2 + work Unabridged
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Examples from the web for hackwork
  • He did, of course, engage in too much hackwork for his own good or his reputation.
  • History was written as hackwork by two authors of eminent genius.
  • The little literary criticism then existing was lifeless-mere hackwork, subsidised by publishers to puff their own wares.
  • But the dialogue is hackwork and the effect is generally tedious.
  • He knew the grind of turning out hackwork for small pay.
  • It's about the thin line between hackwork and magic.
British Dictionary definitions for hackwork


undistinguished literary work produced to order
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