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

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Recent Examples on the Web Alan Smithee credits look like hackwork in comparison. Graeme Mcmillan, The Hollywood Reporter, "80 Comics to Read For Marvel's 80th Anniversary," 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, "Vasily Grossman’s Lost Epic," 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, "The Fantastic Robert E. Howard," 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 28 Feb. 2020.

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