piece of work

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n piece of 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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Quotations

  • Rowan Atkinson
    Rowan Atkinson
    “Quite a nasty piece of work. Not the sort of person you'd want to have dinner with. [On the subject of Mr. Bean]”

Usage

In literature:

Omitting the last episode, the entrance into the house of Corrigan, The Italian is a strong piece of work.
"The Art Of The Moving Picture" by Vachel Lindsay
The only way to have a good lawn from a poor piece of land is to do a thorough piece of work.
"The Library of Work and Play: Gardening and Farming." by Ellen Eddy Shaw
If you want a piece of work well and thoroughly done, pick a busy man.
"Little Journeys to the Homes of the Great, Volume 5 (of 14)" by Elbert Hubbard
He licked Ferdy-a very pretty little piece of work.
"Gordon Keith" by Thomas Nelson Page
It is an admirable piece of work, crowded with keen descriptions of nature in the Casentino, and of life in the streets of Florence.
"The Poetry Of Robert Browning" by Stopford A. Brooke
A new wing, a beautiful piece of carpenter's work, had cost 4,000 yen, a large sum in Japan, where wood and village labour are equally cheap.
"The Foundations of Japan" by J.W. Robertson Scott
The feeding of the munition worker is another great piece of work.
"Women and War Work" by Helen Fraser
Beethoven characterized it as a piece of work worthy of him.
"Beethoven" by George Alexander Fischer
Work 12 double over this 2nd piece of cotton, and then work without the 2nd piece of cotton a 2nd three-branched pattern like the 1st.
"Beeton's Book of Needlework" by Isabella Beeton
I go to work cheerfully cutting the threads and slipping one piece of cloth from the other.
"The Woman Who Toils" by Mrs. John Van Vorst and Marie Van Vorst
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In poetry:

Then I would journey to the North,
To see that Shakespearian land;
Where Hamlet said from conscious wrath
"What a piece of work is man."
"The Trip I Would Like to Take" by Frank Barbour Coffin
And, reading on, we ever stop to ask,
What if this "piece of childhood thrown away"
Had grown to manhood working at its task,
Till the flush'd evening sober'd into gray?
"David Gray" by Alexander Anderson
An' he wropt th'uther end with some string an' white
Piece o' the sleeve of a' old tored shirt;
An' nen he showed me to hold it tight,
An' suck in the water an' work it right
An' it 'ud ist squirt an' squirt!
"The Squirtgun Uncle Maked Me" by James Whitcomb Riley
No scrue, no piercer can
Into a piece of timber work and winde,
As God's afflictions into man,
When he a torture hath design'd.
They are too subtill for the subt'llest hearts;
And fall, like rheumes, upon the tendrest parts.
"Confession" by George Herbert
The studio of the Spagnoletto. RIBERA at work before his canvas.
MARIA seated some distance behind him; a piece of embroidery is
in her hands, but she glances up from it incessantly toward her
father with impatient movements.
"The Spagnoletto. Act I" by Emma Lazarus
The tower of old Saint Nicholas soared upward to the skies,
Like some huge piece of Nature's make, the growth of centuries;
You could not deem its crowding spires a work of human art,
They seemed to struggle lightward from a sturdy living heart.
"An Incident Of The Fire At Hamburg" by James Russell Lowell

In news:

Artist Sharon Kilfoyle examines a piece of fabric while working in her Columbia studio.
Editor's note: This piece was originally printed in March 2012 in Bridge Magazine, before the introduction and defeat of Proposal 2, and the recent introduction of right-to-work bills in the legislature.
The 12th annual National Miniature Exhibition is taking place at the gallery this weekend with more than 100 pieces of work on display.
Another Doctors Care openning in Midlands, Michigan becomes right-to-work state, Delta buying piece of Virgin Atlantic, and more.
Picking up the pieces of what would have been Wallace's next work.
Parry 's best-known choral works, the coronation anthem I was glad and the hymn Jerusalem, are performed here along with Songs of Farewell and a few less-known pieces.
The result is that most of the time when I'm sending someone something I've worked on for review or edit, I clearly label the piece First Draft.
If you like what you have done on paper, then buy a few sample pieces of the flooring to see how the colors work together.
Some of the artists' work is bought by the Elson's for resale, while other pieces are on consignment.
If Mike Woodson has added motivation in his first full season running the Knicks, it is to quiet his critics who didn't think his first stint as a head coach with the Hawks was a fine piece of work.
For the past few years, Ian has been creating performance pieces based on the life and words of American radicals whose work has been forgotten or distorted.
Of course, pieces of equipment like power tools, cable pullers, and work trucks that you use constantly probably aren't candidates for rental .
The name of the classical work, the name of the composer, your name and the city you live in, if you're a WRTI Member, and any comments you may have about why you're requesting this particular piece.
New York Robert Morris has re-created one of the key works of Post-Minimalism, Untitled (Scatter Piece), 1968-69, at Leo Castelli Gallery on 77th Street.
Pageant unveils a 'Genius' piece of work.
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In science:

You cannot!! So says the CT, i.e., the recently established Classification Theorem of Finite Simple Groups, which was a magnificent piece of “team work”.
Galois theory on the line in nonzero characteristic
It is an important issue in the theory of B decays to provide methods to calculate these penguin contributions or to extract them from data. I would like to highlight three recent pieces of work along these lines.
Theoretical Summary Lecture for EPS HEP99
In other instances Z (t) is introduced as an external piece of information. I discuss below some results from work still in progress in collaboration with S.
Stellar population synthesis models at low and high redshift
To make the system work, we relied heavily on the open-source Linux operating system and other software packages that were available for free on the Internet. A piece of software called YARD allowed us to create the minimal Linux filesystems that we needed for each node to run independently.
Computational Asteroseismology
Our ongoing work is examining how to automatically learn the text plans along with the tactics needed to realize each piece of the instantiated plan as a sentence.
Applying Natural Language Generation to Indicative Summarization
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