from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Commissioned work, such as writing or acting, done usually by formula and in conformance with commercial standards.
- n. Tedious, monotonous, or uninteresting work of any kind.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. Work, usually of a professional nature, either repetitive or done to a formula.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. professional work done according to formula
John Scalzi on media tie-ins: "The assumption that tie-in novels are all hackwork is just that, an assumption ..."
A big payout for our loyal hackwork from the Gnomes of Zurich?
We accept So Fuck into the club, that means we let in hackwork.
But while London was guilty of occasional "hackwork," the Smoke Bellew stories are not in that category.
It's the worst kind of hackwork and I would think most politicians would want to avoid it.
After years of critically well- received books that I am proud of, with income bolstered by (honest) "hackwork", I find myself no longer able to make enough (any?)
At last, when a thousand feet have trodden upon a thing of inestimable price, there comes along a newspaper man, doing the driest kind of hackwork, bound to a drudgery as stale and dreary as any in life, and he sees what no man has ever seen before him, though it has been plain in view for years and years.
We note, therefore, a few plain facts: that he was the son of a poor bookseller; that despite poverty and disease he obtained his classic education; that at twenty-six he came to London, and, after an experience with patrons, rebelled against them; that he did every kind of hackwork to earn his bread honestly, living in the very cellar of Grub
Often, one sees the work of a comic book creator dismissed as "hackwork," done by someone who clearly didn't care and just slopped it out as rapidly as possible to get the check.
Unaccountably she rejected Fragonard's murals in favor of some by a contemporary which can only strike us as hackwork -- I had never seen a picture of them before.