piece of work

noun phrase

Definition of piece of work

: a complicated, difficult, or eccentric person

First Known Use of piece of work

1713, in the meaning defined above

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“Piece of work.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/piece%20of%20work. Accessed 30 May. 2020.

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

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