noun (U) AmE work that seems to be producing a result but is really only keeping someone busy

Longman dictionary of contemporary English. 2004.

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  • busywork — usywork n. active work of little value, performed merely to occupy time, avoid boredom, or to look busy; as, while he was waiting he filled the days with busywork. Syn: make work. [WordNet 1.5 +PJC] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • busywork — ☆ busywork or busy work [biz′ēwʉrk΄ ] n. an activity, often as assigned to a class in school, that has little purpose beyond keeping one occupied for a time …   English World dictionary

  • busywork — make work make work n. Active work of litle value, such as assignments given by teachers to students to keep them busy while the teacher performs other tasks, or chores performed to while away time; also called {busywork}. Syn: busywork. [WordNet …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • busywork — noun active work of little value while he was waiting he filled the days with busywork • Syn: ↑make work • Hypernyms: ↑work …   Useful english dictionary

  • busywork — noun Date: 1910 work that usually appears productive or of intrinsic value but actually only keeps one occupied …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • busywork — /biz ee werrk /, n. work assigned for the sake of looking or keeping busy. [1840 50; BUSY + WORK] * * * …   Universalium

  • busywork — noun Alternative spelling for busy work …   Wiktionary

  • busywork — Synonyms and related words: assignment, chare, charge, chore, commission, duty, errand, exercise, fish to fry, homework, job, job of work, labor, make work, matters in hand, mission, odd job, piece of work, project, service, stint, task, things… …   Moby Thesaurus

  • busywork — bus|y|work [ˈbıziwə:k US wə:rk] n [U] AmE work that gives someone something to do, but that is not really necessary …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • busywork — bus|y|work [ bızi,wɜrk ] noun uncount AMERICAN work that makes you look as though you are very busy when in fact you are achieving nothing …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • busywork — n. purposeless activity to fill time, work done to seem busy …   English contemporary dictionary

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