Underwork
Underwork Un`der*work", v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Underworked}or {Underwrought}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Underworking}.] 1. To injure by working secretly; to destroy or overthrow by clandestine measure; to undermine. [1913 Webster]

But thou from loving England art so far, That thou hast underwrought his lawful king. --Shak. [1913 Webster]

2. To expend too little work upon; as, to underwork a painting. --Dryden. [1913 Webster]

3. To do like work at a less price than; as, one mason may underwork another. [1913 Webster]


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  • Underwork — Un der*work , v. i. 1. To work or operate in secret or clandestinely. B. Jonson. [1913 Webster] 2. To do less work than is proper or suitable. [1913 Webster] 3. To do work for a less price than current rates. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Underwork — Un der*work , n. Inferior or subordinate work; petty business. Addison. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • underwork — I. | ̷ ̷ ̷ ̷| ̷ ̷ verb Etymology: under (I) + work, v. intransitive verb 1. : to do less work than is proper or suitable 2. : to do work for less than current rates …   Useful english dictionary

  • underwork — underworker, n. /un deuhr werrk /, v., underworked, underworking. v.t. 1. to do less work on than is necessary or required: to underwork an idea. 2. to employ inadequately: He underworks his mind and overworks his feet. v.i. 3. to do less work… …   Universalium

  • underwork — verb To require too little work from a person …   Wiktionary

  • underwork — n. work of inferior value, low level work; secret work; substructure …   English contemporary dictionary

  • underwork — verb [usu. as adjective underworked] impose too little work on (someone) …   English new terms dictionary

  • underwork — un•der•work [[t]ˌʌn dərˈwɜrk[/t]] v. t. 1) to do less work on than is necessary 2) to employ inadequately 3) to do less work than is normal or proper • Etymology: 1495–1505 …   From formal English to slang

  • Underworked — Underwork Un der*work , v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Underworked}or {Underwrought}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Underworking}.] 1. To injure by working secretly; to destroy or overthrow by clandestine measure; to undermine. [1913 Webster] But thou from loving… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Underworking — Underwork Un der*work , v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Underworked}or {Underwrought}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Underworking}.] 1. To injure by working secretly; to destroy or overthrow by clandestine measure; to undermine. [1913 Webster] But thou from loving… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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