busy work

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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  • Busy work — is a term for schoolwork, coursework, or homework that keeps students occupied without teaching anything constructive or interesting. Examples might include hastily put together projects , which are given to the student to keep them busy if the… …   Wikipedia

  • busy work — {n.} Work that is done not to do or finish anything important, but just to keep busy. * /When the teacher finished all she had to say it was still a half hour before school was over. So she gave the class a test for busy work./ …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • busy work — {n.} Work that is done not to do or finish anything important, but just to keep busy. * /When the teacher finished all she had to say it was still a half hour before school was over. So she gave the class a test for busy work./ …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • busy\ work — noun Work that is done not to do or finish anything important, but just to keep busy. When the teacher finished all she had to say it was still a half hour before school was over. So she gave the class a test for busy work …   Словарь американских идиом

  • busy-work — noun Alternative spelling for busy work …   Wiktionary

  • busy·work — /ˈbıziˌwɚk/ noun [noncount] US : work that is given to you only to keep you busy Students were given busywork for the last few minutes of class …   Useful english dictionary

  • busy — O.E. bisig careful, anxious, busy, occupied, cognate with O.Du. bezich, Low Ger. besig; no known connection with any other Germanic or Indo European language. Still pronounced as in M.E., but for some unclear reason the spelling shifted to u in… …   Etymology dictionary

  • busy — 1. adjective /ˈbɪzi/ a) Doing a great deal; having a lot of things to do in the space of time given It has been a busy day. b) Engaged in another activity or by someone else. The director cannot see you now, hes busy. See Also: busy as a beaver,… …   Wiktionary

  • work — See: ALL IN A DAY S WORK, ALL WORK AND NO PLAY MAKES JACK A DULL BOY, AT WORK, BUSY WORK, IN THE WORKS, MAKE SHORT WORK OF, MANY HANDS MAKE LIGHT WORK, SHOOT THE WORKS, THE WORKS, IN THE WORKS …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • work — See: all in a day s work, all work and no play makes Jack a dull boy, at work, busy work, in the works, make short work of, many hands make light work, shoot the works, the works, in the works …   Словарь американских идиом

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