from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Activity, such as schoolwork or office work, meant to take up time but not necessarily yield productive results.
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- n. Alternative spelling for busy work.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. active work of little value, performed merely to occupy time, avoid boredom, or to look busy.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. active work of little value
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In economics, model-builders 'busywork is to refine their ideas to ask questions to which the available data cannot give the answer.
I was given "busywork" and left alone all day long.
The paperwork can't possibly be that burdensome if it's being called "busywork" and it lets experienced, but potentially outdated teachers slide by without testing their knowledge or technological savvy.
This kind of busywork has been de rigeur since Lara raided her first tomb.
"busywork" program for unemployed, retired politicians to pick up an extra check at the expense of us, the U.S. taxpayers.
Sometimes I was absolutely terrified, but those were just a few hours, in a few days of months and months of busywork.
And the answer is, pretty far from the mindless and homogenized busywork they're currently forced to endure.
As for homogenized busywork - that describes 75% of interesting jobs, and 95% of uninteresting jobs.
"She makes writing a book sound like busywork ... the strain is as palpable as the voice is cute, and the drama is virtually nonexistent."
Midwife your body … give it some quiet busywork to do.