busy work

See also: busy-work

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NounEdit

busy work (uncountable)

  1. (idiomatic, chiefly US) Work or activity performed with the intention or result of occupying time, and not necessarily to accomplish something productive; routine work of low priority undertaken for the sake of avoiding idleness.
    Until we have a system clearly established, entering more data is just busy work.

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ReferencesEdit

  • "busy work" in the Dictionary.com Unabridged, v1.0.1, Lexico Publishing Group, 2006.
  • Oxford English Dictionary, 2nd ed., 1989.
  • Random House Webster's Unabridged Electronic Dictionary, 1987-1996.
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