work, usually of little importance, created to keep a person from being idle or unemployed.
“busy-work, activity of no value,” 1913 (adj.); 1937 (n.), American English, from the verbal expression to make work (see make (v.) + work (n.)).
A big fire devoured a street; “It will make work,” I heard my father say; a ship was lost at sea laden with silk, and leather, and cloth; “It will make work,” said my father; a reservoir broke jail, and swept the heart of the town away. “It will make work,” my mother said; so all human calamities were softened blessings to me; they made “work,” and work made wages, and wages made bread and potatoes, and clothes for me. [“The Radical Review,” Chicago, Sept. 15, 1883]
Publicly provided employment that is designed primarily to relieve unemployment and only incidentally to accomplish important tasks. If private employers are hiring few people because of a business slump, the government can “make work” for people to do.
[muh-key-uh f-kuh; Russian muh-kye-yif-kuh] /məˈkeɪ əf kə; Russian mʌˈkyɛ yɪf kə/ noun 1. a city in SE Ukraine, N of the Sea of Azov. /Russian maˈkjejɪfkə/ noun 1. a city in SE Ukraine: coal-mining centre. Pop: 380 000 (2005 est)
[muh-kahch-kuh-lah; Russian muh-khuh ch-kuh-lah] /məˌkɑtʃ kəˈlɑ; Russian mə xətʃ kʌˈlɑ/ noun 1. a seaport and capital of Dagestan, in the SW Russian Federation in Europe, on the Caspian Sea. [dah-guh-stahn, dag-uh-stan; Russian duh-gyi-stahn] /ˌdɑ gəˈstɑn, ˌdæg əˈstæn; Russian də gyɪˈstɑn/ noun 1. an autonomous republic in the SW Russian Federation on the W shore of […]
adjective in S. Asian cuisine, cooked in a spicy sauce of butter, cream, tomatoes, and herbs Examples Chicken Makhani is one of my favorite Indian dishes. Word Origin 1961; Punjab Usage Note cooking
assemblies, a station of the Israelites in the desert (Num. 33:25, 26).