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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Even jobs that economists might deride as make-work can yield meaning, self-respect and social status.
This counter-productivity can be best understood by considering three different forms of dysfunction; (1) "make-work," (2) "passive-aggressive information-withholding," and (3) "the cow path." Individually, these dysfunctions can interfere with the productive functioning of a group and undermine its integration.
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.
Doing so would not only provide the cost and security improvements associated with consolidation of special nuclear material, k would also, in all likelihood, make it easier to reduce the number of weapons scientists employed by the complex--and therefore the amount of federal money for "make-work" designed solely to keep those scientists busy.
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.
Women work at not rebelling against the officer who demands make-work and elevates her or his own work as valuable because it officially sanctions control over other, criminalized, human beings.
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.
We don't need phony "make-work" jobs, and the public purse can't stand the pressure of paying for them.
There's a high unemployment rate in some parts, a lot of seasonal work, a lot of make-work projects.