piece of work


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piece of work

A remarkable person, achievement, or product: "He's a very tough piece of work" (Ted Koppel).
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Wife, wife,' said Frederick, 'what a pretty piece of work you have made
Yet what a piece of work a man makes of his first "pop.
It gives us some idea of the large courage of Raleigh's mind when we remember that he was over fifty when he began this tremendous piece of work for the sake of a boy he loved.
Then it was a serious piece of work to write to Dickon.
For tragedy implies some ponderable matter in dispute, some dignus vindice nodus; and this piece of work was all about the petulance of a young ass that had been spoiled, and wanted nothing so much as to be tied up and soundly belted.
Tom listened with some shame and some sorrow; but escaping as quickly as possible, could soon with cheerful selfishness reflect, firstly, that he had not been half so much in debt as some of his friends; secondly, that his father had made a most tiresome piece of work of it; and, thirdly, that the future incumbent, whoever he might be, would, in all probability, die very soon.
The negroes were busy poisoning arrows with the juice of the euphorbium--a piece of work deemed a great affair among these savage tribes, and carried on with a sort of ceremonial solemnity.
Captain Nichols looked upon it as a smart piece of work on Strickland's part that he had got out of this by painting a portrait of Tough Bill.
Tulliver to put on her bonnet, and get a breath of fresh air by doing that needful piece of work.
Monsieur Rabourdin pleased him highly whenever he asked him to stay half an hour longer to finish a piece of work.
She had a laborious piece of work, here, but it was richly rewarded.
To my judgment, lad, it’s the best piece of work that I’ve met with in the woods; and none know how often the hand of God is seen in the wilderness, but them that rove it for a man’s life,”
As to the painter, I can tell you nothing; but, if half the stories told of it be true, not one of the great Italian masters has ever produced so marvellous a piece of work as that before you.
And a bloody piece of work you made of it, man," cried the squatter, pointing tauntily to the soiled garments of his kinsman, and then directing the attention of the spectators to his own, by the way of a triumphant contrast.
To string it was probably the most adventurous piece of work in the history of telephone linemen.