from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. In England, chares or odd work; work, usually menial, done by the job or by the day.
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This woman, we are further informed, kept cows, chickens, and lodgers, and earned additional money by doing laundry and charwork.
"At present, everything is charwork at their place, and as to their food, I don't suppose they think much about it, so that they get enough.