piece of work
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1. A thing considered as a unit or an element of a larger thing, quantity, or class; a portion: a piece of string.
2. A portion or part that has been separated from a whole: a piece of pie.
3. An object that is one member of a group or class: a piece of furniture.
4. An artistic, musical, or literary work or composition: "They are lively and well-plotted pieces, both in prose" (Tucker Brooke).
5. An instance; a specimen: a piece of sheer folly.
6. What one has to say about something; an opinion: speak one's piece.
7. A coin: a ten-cent piece.
a. One of the counters or figures used in playing various board games.
b. Any one of the chess figures other than a pawn.
9. Slang A firearm, especially a rifle.
10. Informal A given distance: "There was farm country down the road on the right a piece" (James Agee).
tr.v. pieced, piec·ing, piec·esIdioms:
1. To mend by adding pieces or a piece to: piece a dress.
2. To join or unite the pieces of: He pieced together the vase. She pieced together an account of what had gone on during the stormy meeting.
a piece of (one's) mind
Frank and severe criticism; censure.
of a piece
Belonging to the same class or kind.
piece by piece
In stages: took the clock apart piece by piece.
piece of ass Vulgar Slang
A person, especially a woman, considered sexually attractive.
piece of cake
Informal Something very easy to do.
piece of the action Slang
A share of an activity or of profits: "a piece of the action in a Florida land deal" (Shana Alexander).
piece of work
A remarkable person, achievement, or product: "He's a very tough piece of work" (Ted Koppel).
[Middle English pece, from Old French, from Vulgar Latin *pettia, probably of Celtic origin.]
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|Noun||1.||piece of work - a product produced or accomplished through the effort or activity or agency of a person or thing; "it is not regarded as one of his more memorable works"; "the symphony was hailed as an ingenious work"; "he was indebted to the pioneering work of John Dewey"; "the work of an active imagination"; "erosion is the work of wind or water over time"|
followup, follow-up - a piece of work that exploits or builds on earlier work; "his new software is a follow-up to the programs they started with"
ironwork - work made of iron (gratings or rails or railings etc); "the houses had much ornamental ironwork"
lacework - work consisting of (or resembling) lace fabric
lacquerware - a decorative work made of wood and covered with lacquer and often inlaid with ivory or precious metals
leatherwork - work made of leather
metalwork - the metal parts of something; "there were bullet holes in the metalwork"
openwork - ornamental work (such as embroidery or latticework) having a pattern of openings
polychrome - a piece of work composed of or decorated in many colors
product, production - an artifact that has been created by someone or some process; "they improve their product every year"; "they export most of their agricultural production"
silverwork - decorative work made of silver
woodwork - work made of wood; especially moldings or stairways or furniture
work in progress - a piece of work that is not yet finished
workpiece - work consisting of a piece of metal being machined
publication - a copy of a printed work offered for distribution