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make-work

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From make +‎ work.

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make-work (uncountable)

  1. (chiefly US) An activity or task assigned or undertaken for the sake of activity or busy-ness, rather than because of a particular need. [from 20th c.]
    2011 November 10, Lord Gilbert, House of Lords Hansard:
    I once described this rather vulgarly as a Euro-wanking make-work project and I do not resile from that.
    • 2011, Steven Pinker, The Better Angels of Our Nature, Penguin 2012, p. 802:
      They are more sympathetic to immigration, free markets, and free trade, and less sympathetic to protectionism, make-work policies, and government intervention in business.

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