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work British & World English

Activity involving mental or physical effort done in order to achieve a result

-work British & World English

Denoting things or parts made of a specified material or with specified tools

work English Thesaurus

he was tired after a day's work in the fields

work in labour English Thesaurus

the aristocratic disdain for manual labour

work in toil English Thesaurus

she rolled up her sleeves and toiled all night

work in work English Thesaurus

he was tired after a day's work in the fields

work–life British & World English

Of or relating to both work and personal life; designating the relationship between the two. Especially in work–life balance.

work-in British & World English

A form of protest, especially in response to threatened closure or redundancy, in which workers occupy the workplace and continue working, typically to demonstrate the value or continuing viability of their work.

work to British & World English

Follow or operate within the constraints of (a schedule or system)

boat work British & World English

Work undertaken on board or using a boat; specifically (a) the manning of the boats of a large ship; (b) angling done in a boat rather than on the shore or bank.

coal work British & World English

A place or establishment where coal is mined or processed; a colliery. Usually in plural (often with singular concord).

day's work British & World English

The work of a day; (an amount of) work done on or appropriate to a day.

dog work British & World English

Menial or unpleasant work; specifically = donkey-work.

gang work British & World English

Work carried out by labourers in a gang or gangs.

hot-work British & World English

To subject (metal) to hot working.

ice work British & World English

Ornamentation executed in or consisting of ice, or having the appearance of ice; frosted work, (also) ice sculpture.

mat-work British & World English

Matting; a structure resembling a mat.

men's work British & World English

Work traditionally undertaken by, and regarded as suited to, men, especially heavy manual work.

near work British & World English

Work involving proximity of the eye to the object.

pair work British & World English

Learning in which students work in pairs, especially as a technique used in language teaching.

pile-work British & World English

Work constructed or consisting of piles.

pin work British & World English

In needlepoint lace: small crescents or points made from loose, looped stitches, used especially in edgings. In early use also: bobbin lace.

pit work British & World English

Work done in a pit or mine.

rail work British & World English

The rails of a fence, barrier, etc., especially made in a decorative style; rails collectively.

roof work British & World English

Mining the upper surface or part of a working or seam (now rare).

root work British & World English

Horticulture. The mature roots of trees and plants used to create ornamental features in a garden. Compare rockwork, 2b. Now historical.

rope-work British & World English

A place where ropes are made; a ropewalk.

sex work British & World English

The academic study of sexual behaviour or practices (rare).

soul work British & World English

(In early use) masses or prayers said for the soul of a dead person; (later) work relating to the condition of a person's soul; moral, intellectual, or spiritual nurturing.

time work British & World English

Work which is paid for on the basis of the time spent (opposed to piecework).

week-work British & World English

In Anglo-Saxon and later medieval England: work done by a tenant for a lord, carried out on a regular basis a certain number of days each week; (also in plural) the requirement to carry out this type of work.

work card British & World English

A card issued by an employer as proof that the cardholder is employed; (also in later use) a card certifying that the bearer has permission to work.

work desk British & World English

(More generally) a desk used for work; a desk in the workplace.

work gang British & World English

A gang (especially of slaves or prisoners) that carries out manual or physical labour.

work hour British & World English

(In plural) the part of the day (typically) spent at work; (later also) the amount of time spent at work; (in singular) an hour during which work is done.

work lead British & World English

Metallurgy lead as it comes from the smelting furnace, containing impurities.

work life British & World English

A person's life at work or in the workplace, as distinct from domestic or personal life.

work-like British & World English

Industrious, diligent, businesslike (now chiefly Scottish).

work-loom British & World English

A tool or implement, especially one used in manual labour.

work name British & World English

A name or alias used for work purposes; specifically an alias used by a person engaged in secret intelligence work.

work rule British & World English

One of a set of regulations governing working procedures, conditions, etc., in a business or industry.

work song British & World English

A song sung while working, especially by a group of people, typically having a strong, steady rhythm intended to accompany repetitive manual labour.

work team British & World English

US a team of draught horses, oxen, etc.

work visa British & World English

A visa granting a foreign national permission to work legally in the country of issue; a work permit.

cold-work British & World English

Shape (metal) while it is cold

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