wet work

noun
variants: or less commonly wetwork

Definition of wet work

1 :work involving water or wet substances
  • All wet work, such as concrete, masonry, plaster, drywall and paint must be complete and dry.
  • —Daniel BooneFloor Covering Installer1 May 2010
  • It is a frequent problem among individuals who perform “wet work” such as homemakers, bartenders, hairdressers, dental workers, and health care workers; repetitive wetting and drying of the hands leads to dryness and redness.
  • —Deborah A. Kedrowski and Erin M. WarshawDermatology Nursing1 Feb. 2008
2 :work involving murder or assassination used euphemistically
  • … the intelligence service became infamous as a subcontractor for the K.G.B. and earned a grim reputation for its particular expertise in “wet work,” the assassination of enemies.
  • —Andrew HigginsNew York Times25 Dec. 2013
  • … if you do wet work for the CIA … you probably don't want to drive to the job site in this huge, thinly veiled military vehicle.
  • —Al HaasPhiladelphia Inquirer19 June 1998

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First Known Use of wet work

1731


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