make-work


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make-work

(māk′wûrk′)
n.
Work of little value assigned or taken on only to keep someone from being idle.

make′-work`



n.
work created to keep a person busy.
[1935–40]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.make-work - active work of little valuemake-work - active work of little value; "while he was waiting he filled the days with busywork"
work - activity directed toward making or doing something; "she checked several points needing further work"
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Make-work takes many different forms, but all varieties amount to keeping up the appearance of being busy or industrious, not openly wasting time or sitting idle.
Painted in oil over a photo printed directly onto the canvas, the anonymous effort is a striking make-work image of a make-work infrastructure project.
If it's make-work schemes and giveaways, get ready for a hard landing.
A hurricane is a God-given make-work project," says Woodward.
Instead money was provided for training and make-work projects so the displaced fishery workers could qualify for employment insurance benefits for the winter, and the new Quebec government of Jean Charest promised three weeks of aid and agreed to pay the interest on the Coasters' fishing boat loans.
I confess I also thought that some SANs were make-work projects, but the reports I hear now suggest that today's SANs do what they're supposed to do and that the vendors involved are--at least within partnership arrangements--sharing their growing expertise with one another.
The piece de resistance in this make-work vein was Jim Hodges' No Betweens, 1996, a 30-foot diaphanous curtain of artificial silk flowers that hung, floor to ceiling, in the middle of a large gallery.
They prefer the good ol' days when a berthed ship guaranteed them a good paycheck and make-work policies required 10 workers for a job that required, maybe, four.
Critics of the program condemn it as pure make-work that costs taxpayers more than just keeping the people on welfare, and according to some sources, President Bush is considering killing the program.