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piecework (n.)

also piece-work, "work done and paid for by measure or quantity" in contradistinction to work done and paid for by measure of time, 1540s, from piece (n.1) + work (n.) in the sense of "a distinct job or operation taken separately." Related: Pieceworker.

updated on June 04, 2020

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Definitions of piecework from WordNet

piecework (n.)
work paid for according to the quantity produced;
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