piece of work

noun phrase

Definition of piece of work

: a complicated, difficult, or eccentric person

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1713, in the meaning defined above

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piece of work

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English Language Learners Definition of piece of work

chiefly US, informal + often disapproving : someone who is difficult to understand : a complicated or strange person

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