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homework

[hohm-wurk] /ˈhoʊmˌwɜrk/
noun
1.
schoolwork assigned to be done outside the classroom (distinguished from classwork).
2.
paid work done at home, as piecework.
3.
thorough preparatory study of a subject:
to do one's homework for the next committee meeting.
Origin
1675-1685
1675-85; home + work
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  • Do your homework as to what hops will grow best for you.
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  • She tends to forget her homework and is unprepared for tests.
  • Make a good impression at your interview by doing a little homework beforehand.
  • Thus, it is important to do your homework before setting off on a journey across state lines.
  • Kids may be worried about homework, teachers and that pesky bully this school year.
  • The writer of this article didn't quite do his homework.
  • Anyone who is still hanging on to this human-induced global warming foolishness is not doing their homework.
  • She had been doing her homework, she said, and each of the scraps contained one of the words she was supposed to learn.
  • But a real skeptic does their homework before they spout off.
British Dictionary definitions for homework

homework

/ˈhəʊmˌwɜːk/
noun
1.
school work done out of lessons, esp at home
2.
any preparatory study
3.
work done at home for pay
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Word Origin and History for homework
n.

1680s, "work done at home," as opposed to work done in the shop or factory, from home (n.) + work (n.). In sense of "lessons studied at home," it is attested from 1889.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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homework

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The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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