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busywork

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Pronunciation: /ˈbɪziwɜːk
 
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Definition of busywork in English:

noun

[mass noun] chiefly North American
Work that keeps a person busy but has little value in itself.
Example sentences
  • The provision of aid became an excuse for doing nothing, a kind of busywork that governments undertook so they could avoid decisive political and military action.
  • And who wants to do all that busywork copying those down?
  • Again, I think a certain amount of work is good for you: it gives you the discipline to do all that busywork that being creative involves.

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