hack·​work | \ ˈhak-ˌwərk How to pronounce hackwork (audio) \

Definition of hackwork

: literary, artistic, or professional work done on order usually according to formula and in conformity with commercial standards

Examples of hackwork in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web And so, at least for the moment, there has been some respite on the bestseller lists from the usual insider politics hackwork. Colin Dickey, The New Republic, 7 Aug. 2020 Alan Smithee credits look like hackwork in comparison. Graeme Mcmillan, The Hollywood Reporter, 31 Aug. 2019 Its misfortunes are not difficult to explain: Unlike Life and Fate, Stalingrad was published in the Soviet Union under Stalin and gained a reputation as Stalinist hackwork. Sophie Pinkham, The New Republic, 27 Aug. 2019 His oeuvre is full of hackwork: The pulps commonly paid by the word and Howard was happy to deliver words in bulk, allowing quantity to overwhelm quality. John J. Miller, National Review, 11 July 2019

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First Known Use of hackwork

1824, in the meaning defined above

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“Hackwork.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hackwork. Accessed 18 May. 2022.

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