a piece of work

a piece of work

A remarkably difficult, malicious, unpleasant, or objectionable person. Boy, our new boss is a real piece of work. Remind me to stay out of her way! I hear Amy's boyfriend is a piece of work.
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a piece of work

AMERICAN, INFORMAL
If you say that someone is a piece of work, you mean that they are very surprising, unusual, or impressive. He shook his head in disbelief. `You are a piece of work,' he said. `Do you have any idea what you're playing around with?'
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piece of work

A remarkable person, achievement, or product: "He's a very tough piece of work" (Ted Koppel).
See also: of, piece, work