piece of work

noun phrase

: a complicated, difficult, or eccentric person

Word History

First Known Use

1713, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of piece of work was in 1713

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“Piece of work.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/piece%20of%20work. Accessed 20 Apr. 2024.

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