piece of work

piece of work informal a person of a specified kind, especially an unpleasant one.
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English terms dictionary. 2015.

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  • piece of work — n. a person who is regarded as eccentric, difficult, etc. * * * …   Universalium

  • piece of work — noun a) A product or manufactured article, especially an item of art or craft. “Dead Man Walking” is a powerful and intelligent piece of work. b) A person who has a strong and unusual …   Wiktionary

  • piece of work — Date: 1928 a complicated, difficult, or eccentric person …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • What a piece of work is a man — The phrase What a piece of work is a man! comes from Shakespeare s Hamlet, Prince of Denmark , Act II, scene II, and it is often used in reference to the whole speech containing the line. The speechThe monologue, spoken in the play by the title… …   Wikipedia

  • What a Piece of Work I Am — infobox Book | name = What a Piece of Work I Am title orig = translator = image caption = author = Eric Kraft cover artist = country = United States language = English series = The Personal History, Adventures, Experiences Observations of Peter… …   Wikipedia

  • piece rate — ➔ rate1 * * * piece rate UK US noun [C] HR ► a way of paying for work that is based on a fixed rate for a particular amount done rather than the time it takes to do the job: »They employed workers in developing countries and paid them on a piece… …   Financial and business terms

  • piece-rate — UK US noun [C] HR ► a way of paying for work that is based on a fixed rate for a particular amount done rather than the time it takes to do the job: »They employed workers in developing countries and paid them on a piece rate. piece rate… …   Financial and business terms

  • work measurement — ˈwork ˌmeasurement noun [uncountable] the process of measuring and calculating the time taken by a worker to do a particular job to a fixed standard or quality: • Surveyors fees are dependent on work measurement. * * * work measurement UK US noun …   Financial and business terms

  • work — ▪ I. work work 1 [wɜːk ǁ wɜːrk] verb 1. [intransitive] to do a job that you are paid for: • Harry is 78 and still working. • Most of the people I went to school with work in factories. work for • David works for a broadcasting company …   Financial and business terms

  • piece — Apply mainly to convertible securities ( convertible security). Increment of bonds that trade in portions of $1000 minimum. Not all bonds can be traded in pieces, and the increments can vary. Bloomberg Financial Dictionary * * * piece piece… …   Financial and business terms

  • Work-life balance — The expression work life balance was first used in the late 1970s to describe the balance between an individual s work and personal life. (New Ways to Work and the Working Mother s Association in the United Kingdom). In the United States, this… …   Wikipedia


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