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handiwork

work done by hand
Not to be confused with:
handicap – hinder, impede, incapacitate; to place at a disadvantage: His handicap was being born into poverty.
handicraft – a work that requires both manual and artistic skill
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hand·i·work

 (hăn′dē-wûrk′)
n.
1. Work performed by hand.
2. The product of a person's efforts and actions.

[Middle English handiwerk, from Old English handgeweorc : hand, hand + geweorc, work (ge-, collective pref.; see kom in Indo-European roots + weorc, work; see work).]
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handiwork

(ˈhændɪˌwɜːk)
n
1. (Crafts) work performed or produced by hand, such as embroidery or pottery
2. the result of the action or endeavours of a person or thing
[Old English handgeweorc, from hand + geweorc, from ge- (collective prefix) + weorc work]
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hand•i•work

(ˈhæn diˌwɜrk)

n.
1. work done by hand.
2. the work of a particular person.
3. the result of work done by hand.
[before 1000; Middle English handiwerk, Old English handgeweorc, variant of handweorc (c. German Handwerk)]
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.handiwork - a work produced by hand laborhandiwork - a work produced by hand labor  
piece of work, 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"
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handiwork

noun creation, product, production, achievement, result, design, invention, artefact, handicraft, handwork The architect stepped back to admire his handiwork.
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Translations
شُغْل يَدعمل يدوي تَخْريبي
díloruční práce
arbejdeværk
main-d’œuvretravail
kéz: vkinek a keze munkája
handavinna; handaverkverknaîur sem ber merki ákveîinna aîila
rankdarbisrankų darbas
nedarbsrokdarbsroku darbs
el işiişi

handiwork

[ˈhændɪwɜːk] N
1. (= craft) → trabajo m
2. (= action) → obra f
this looks like his handiwork (pej) → parece que es obra de él
Collins Spanish Dictionary - Complete and Unabridged 8th Edition 2005 © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1971, 1988 © HarperCollins Publishers 1992, 1993, 1996, 1997, 2000, 2003, 2005

handiwork

[ˈhændiwɜːrk] n
(gen)ouvrage m
(pejorative)
This looks like his handiwork → Ça a tout l'air d'être son œuvre.
Collins English/French Electronic Resource. © HarperCollins Publishers 2005

handiwork

n no pl
(lit)Arbeit f; (Sch: = subject) → Werken nt; (= needlework etc)Handarbeit f; examples of the children’s handiworkWerkarbeiten/Handarbeiten plder Kinder; to do handiworkwerken, handarbeiten; (at home) → basteln
(fig)Werk nt; (pej)Machwerk nt; that looks like the handiwork of the Gillies gangdas sieht ganz nach der Gillies-Bande aus
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handiwork

[ˈhændɪˌwɜːk] n (work) → lavoro, opera; (craft work) → lavorazione f a mano
this looks like his handiwork (pej) → qui c'è il suo zampino
Collins Italian Dictionary 1st Edition © HarperCollins Publishers 1995

handiwork

(ˈhӕndiwəːk) noun
1. thing(s) made by hand. Examples of the pupils' handiwork were on show.
2. something bad caused by a particular person. The broken window was Simon's handiwork.
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References in classic literature ?
Here, indeed, in the sable simplicity that generally characterised the Puritanic modes of dress, there might be an infrequent call for the finer productions of her handiwork. Yet the taste of the age, demanding whatever was elaborate in compositions of this kind, did not fail to extend its influence over our stern progenitors, who had cast behind them so many fashions which it might seem harder to dispense with.Public ceremonies, such as ordinations, the installation of magistrates, and all that could give majesty to the forms in which a new government manifested itself to the people, were, as a matter of policy, marked by a stately and well-conducted ceremonial, and a sombre, but yet a studied magnificence.
When the baby had been put to rights and transformed into a firm doll, Lizaveta Petrovna dandled it as though proud of her handiwork, and stood a little away so that Levin might see his son in all his glory.
You say, my darling, that I am kind and good, that I could not harm my fellow-men, that I have power to comprehend the goodness of God (as expressed in nature's handiwork), and so on.
Cut on one of these pillars we discovered the crude likeness of a mummy, by the head of which sat what appeared to be the figure of an Egyptian god, doubtless the handiwork of some old-world labourer in the mine.
His tobacco pouch, which he laid upon the table, was a fantastic embroidered silk affair, evidently the handiwork of a woman.
I was training a crowd of ignorant folk into experts -- experts in every sort of handiwork and scientific calling.
"It will fit better still when it sets to your body," said Karataev, still admiring his handiwork. "You'll be nice and comfortable...."
In truth, we have had instances of workmen, who, through long, large, [108] devoted study of the handiwork of the past, have done the thing better, with a more fully enlightened consciousness, with full intelligence of what those early workmen only guessed at.
They were as exultant over the success of their simple handiwork as any great captain at astonishing victory.
"A sport with a cold and afraid of catching more, all right all right," the boy laughed, proudly surveying his handiwork. "How much money you got?
All sewing was done by hand, so when the ladies of a great household gathered to their handiwork, it was no unusual thing for one among them to lighten the long hours with tales read or told.
And you, too, daughter of the Sun, Circe the witch, come and cast cruel spells; hurt both these men and their handiwork. Let Chiron also come and bring many Centaurs -- all that escaped the hands of Heracles and all that were destroyed: let them make sad havoc of the pots and overthrow the kiln, and let the potters see the mischief and be grieved; but I will gloat as I behold their luckless craft.