piece of work


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piece

 (pēs)
n.
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.
8. Games
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·es
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.
Idioms:
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.]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.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"
handcraft, handicraft, handiwork, handwork - a work produced by hand labor
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
chef-d'oeuvre, masterpiece - the most outstanding work of a creative artist or craftsman
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
caning, wickerwork, wicker - work made of interlaced slender branches (especially willow branches)
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
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And this Hospital is a capital piece of work, due entirely to Mr.
He understands those things, and he says it's a remarkable piece of work.
The Idiots" is such an obviously derivative piece of work that it is impossible for me to say anything about it here.
I want you, Bolter,' said Fagin, leaning over the table, 'to do a piece of work for me, my dear, that needs great care and caution.
But this evening, he had no sooner ingeniously knotted his string fast round his bit of pork, twisted the string according to rule over his door-key, passed it through the handle, and made it fast on the hanger, than he remembered that a piece of very fine twine was indispensable to his "setting up" a new piece of work in his loom early in the morning.
Browning's most perfect piece of work, for pregnancy of intellect, combined with faultless expression in a perfectly novel yet symmetrical outline: and he is very likely right.
He commended, however, the author's way of ending his book with the promise of that interminable adventure, and many a time was he tempted to take up his pen and finish it properly as is there proposed, which no doubt he would have done, and made a successful piece of work of it too, had not greater and more absorbing thoughts prevented him.
When they had paraded the street and all the avenues of the building in this manner for near two hours, they turned away, and his friend asked him what he thought of what he had seen, and whether he was prepared for a good hot piece of work if it should come to that.
But it was a fair enough piece of work, and in many respects satisfying.
I have just finished," she continued, "the most important piece of work they have trusted me with yet, and I have been awfully lucky.
Full of joy the youth hurried towards her, and begged her aid and counsel in the new piece of work he had been given to do.
Voyt had gone back on Thursday, and he now, to settle on the spot the question of a piece of work begun at his place, had rushed down for a few hours in anticipation of the usual collective move for the week's end.