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.