hackwork


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hack·work

 (hăk′wûrk′)
n.
1. Commissioned work, such as writing or acting, done usually by formula and in conformance with commercial standards.
2. Tedious, monotonous, or uninteresting work of any kind.

hackwork

(ˈhækˌwɜːk)
n
(Literary & Literary Critical Terms) undistinguished literary work produced to order
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.hackwork - professional work done according to formula
toil, labor, labour - productive work (especially physical work done for wages); "his labor did not require a great deal of skill"
Translations

hackwork

[ˈhækwɜːk] Ntrabajo m de rutina (iro) → periodismo m
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It was now time to see if all the footwork, hackwork, paddlework and guesswork would pay dividends.
What he produced is often seen as lesser hackwork, done for gain only, but they should not be ignored - they are all carefully constructed, interesting and linked to much of his other work.
Unveiled in Milan on December 26, 1772, and marking an artistic advance over its Mozartean operatic predecessors, Mitridate, Re di Panto and Ascanio in Alba, Lucio Silla nevertheless comes from a time when the young composer accepted hackwork dramatic texts he would likely have rejected during his later Da Ponte years.
Egan is particularly good at fleshing out lesser-known aspects of Curtis's life: his dogged efforts to uncover the real story of the Little Bighorn, his re-creation of Pacific Indian life in his 1914 film In the Land of the Head-Hunters, his Hollywood hackwork for Cecil B.
Schappi is the director of Little Bird Company that sells electronics such as the devices needed to make the hackwork.
However, the impression that the hackwork in Macedonia is more for domestic use than to provoke a proper response from Brussels or New York is unavoidable, Mitevska concludes.
Rather than seeking either genius or hackwork, critics should recognize the cultural, artistic, and temporal parameters imposed by the form and the sponsors, on whom, consequently, as chapter I reasons, critics should concentrate:
In other words, the craftsman's identification with an art which is itself the loftiest of ends, leaves him adrift on a sea of derivative hackwork he cannot control.
The critics and essayists of the eigtheenth century distinguish (as Pope often does) between wit and pedantry, between sophisticated judgment and hackwork, between mere mechanical scholarship and a living engagement with the poet's words, but they do not distinguish between academic and nonacademic criticism of poetry, since the former had not yet come into being: the formal study of literature in English is somewhere between 150 and 225 years old, depending on which country you examine and what you mean by "literature" and "study" (the earliest dates, adduced by Robert Crawford, come from the rhetoric courses of Scottish universities; the latest, from the 1883 founding of the MLA).
Whether he was writing for Goltancz in the late thirties, for New Directions in the forties, for Penguin and Edward Arnold and Thames and Hudson in the sixties, the writing was not hackwork.
Following several years of hackwork writing in London, Johnson was offered the major task of compiling an English Dictionary, a project which brought him fame, though little financial reward.
The guts of hackwork is entirely different from jury duty.