not do a stroke

not do a stroke (of work)

To not do any work at all. Now that Jim's retired, he just spends all day on the couch watching television. He won't do a stroke of work around the house! I'm going to have a long night ahead with this term paper, as I haven't done a stroke up till now.
See also: not, stroke

not do a ˈstroke (of ˈwork)

not do any work at all: He’s useless — he hasn’t done a stroke of work today.‘Does your husband help in the house?’ ‘No, he doesn’t do a stroke.’ OPPOSITE: work like a dog/slave/Trojan
See also: not, stroke