piece of work

a) A product or manufactured article, especially an item of art or craft.

“Dead Man Walking” is a powerful and intelligent piece of work.

b) A person who has a strong and unusual personality, especially one with seriously unpleasant character flaws (e.g. a nasty piece of work).

She built a reputation as a piece of work; if she didnt like a crowd, sometimes shed walk off stage in midset and call a cab home.


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