noun[mass noun] Australian/NZ informal
Work, especially of a strenuous physical kind: the men are taking part in the hard yakka when the yakka is over, the kip begins
More example sentences
- Yet for real hard yakka the plight of the servants, valets and other assorted members of staff stands alone.
- We do that every day of our lives; it's bloody hard yakka, even if you don't want to do it, it's pushed on you.
- Most of the journalistic hard yakka on the subject has been done by the FT and some of the best reporting on it has been in The Economist.
from Yagara (an extinct Aboriginal language of Queensland) yaga 'to work'.