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Re: Piece of work

Posted by Victoria S Dennis on June 25, 2005

In Reply to: Piece of work posted by Joyce Campbell-Layman on June 25, 2005

: The expression "(a person) is a 'piece of work'." What is implied by this expression? Insult, derogatory, or what?

The full phrase is "X is a nasty piece of work", which can imply a whole range of unpleasant qualities - dishonest, vicious, vindictive, treacherous, etc.