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piece of work

Definition of piece of work in English:

informal A person of a specified kind, especially an unpleasant one: he’s a nasty piece of work
More example sentences
  • They are nasty pieces of work, no doubt, but they are by no stretch of the imagination a threat to civilised society.
  • It was bad enough that families had to fend off the floodwater, but then they had to fend off those nasty pieces of work who sought to take advantage.
  • She may well tell us, for instance, that Mr Brown is a nasty piece of work, and that Mrs Green will one day be declared a saint.
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