hand·i·work | \ ˈhan-di-ˌwərk , -dē- \

Definition of handiwork 

1a : work done by the hands

b : work done personally recognized her handiwork

2 : the product of handiwork

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Examples of handiwork in a Sentence

They admired the potter's beautiful handiwork. I think all of these problems are her handiwork.

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His handiwork will be front and center when Trump names his next nominee for the Supreme Court. latimes.com, "Today: O, Say Can You Breathe?," 4 July 2018 Collette in particular is being singled out for her riveting, unraveling performance, as is Aster's handiwork. Chris Foran, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "What's new on screen, including 'Ocean's 8,' and where the free outdoor movies are this week," 7 June 2018 For years, counterfeit versions of his product have circulated in Iran, the handiwork of Chinese factories. Peter S. Goodman, New York Times, "Italy’s Economy Was Humming Nicely. Then Came Trump.," 22 June 2018 Their handiwork came to light on the evening of June 5, when police received several calls from people who had found their cars parked on Prince Street had been vandalized. Emily Sweeney, BostonGlobe.com, "In Wareham, a case of SUV-dipping," 6 July 2018 The Supreme Court has so far failed to give its handiwork a robust defense. Bradley A. Smith, WSJ, "The Threat to Privacy of Opinion," 28 June 2018 This one also gets major style points with Herrera admiring his handiwork for a few steps before adding a classy bat flip. 1. Si.com Staff, SI.com, "Nine Innings: Inside J.D. Martinez's Essential Role With the Red Sox and the Best of Mike Trout," 25 June 2018 But even as Durant tried to do more of his handiwork closer to the basket in Game 5, the Rockets made adjustments. Scott Cacciola, New York Times, "One Smart Coach: How Are the Rockets Getting Away With All That Dribbling?," 25 May 2018 Not everybody within the Republican Party or even the administration itself is still willing to defend its own handiwork. Jonathan Chait, Daily Intelligencer, "Why Trump Is Using Hostage Tactics on Family Separation," 18 June 2018

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First Known Use of handiwork

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for handiwork

Middle English handiwerk, from Old English handgeweorc, from hand + geweorc, from ge- (collective prefix) + weorc work — more at co-

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The first known use of handiwork was before the 12th century

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English Language Learners Definition of handiwork

: work that is done by using your hands

: something done by a particular person or group


hand·i·work | \ ˈhan-di-ˌwərk \

Kids Definition of handiwork

: work done by the hands

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