Posted by ESC on June 25, 2005
In Reply to: Piece of work posted by Victoria S Dennis 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.
It could be complimentary if said a certain way. "You are a piece of work." (Smile.)