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  • WordNet 3.6
    • n piecework work paid for according to the quantity produced
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Piecework Work done by the piece or job; work paid for at a rate based on the amount of work done, rather than on the time employed. "The reaping was piecework, at so much per acre."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n piecework Work done and paid for by measure of quantity, or by previous estimate and agreement, in contradistinction to work done and paid for by measure of time.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Piecework work done by the piece or quantity rather than by time
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
O. Fr. piece—Low L. petium, a piece of land—prob. L. pes, pedis, a foot.


In literature:

Since she pays by piecework her blackguards are not likely to stick at a murder or two.
"The Thirty-nine Steps" by John Buchan
And I know brickmakers go about working at piecework in different places.
"Bleak House" by Charles Dickens
You would not do as well at piecework, and I wish to deal generously by you.
"Autobiography of a Pocket-Hankerchief" by James Fenimore Cooper
It was piecework, and the more skilful he was, the bigger wages he earned.
"When God Laughs and Other Stories" by Jack London
This job was piecework, so it didn't matter whether they talked or not.
"The Ragged Trousered Philanthropists" by Robert Tressell
Almost everything is done, of course, by piecework.
"At Last" by Charles Kingsley
The growth of piecework and of sliding scales has effected something.
"Problems of Poverty" by John A. Hobson
Piecework, 28, 163, 206.
"A Short History of English Agriculture" by W. H. R. Curtler
On a piecework contract he would starve to death.
"Eating in Two or Three Languages" by Irvin S. Cobb
In the shell-loading plants and piecework occupations, however, their wages were much higher.
"The Journal of Negro History, Volume 6, 1921" by Various
As with candy, I got excited about going on piecework.
"Working With the Working Woman" by Cornelia Stratton Parker
Zhivkov also cited shortcomings of the prevailing piecework system and suggested some long-range remedies for the ills.
"Area Handbook for Bulgaria" by Eugene K. Keefe, Violeta D. Baluyut, William Giloane, Anne K. Long, James M. Moore, and Neda A. Walpole
Even when teaching, or doing piecework, woman is paid less than man.
"The Modern Woman's Rights Movement" by Kaethe Schirmacher
In spring and autumn they hoe and do other piecework.
"The Eulogy of Richard Jefferies" by Walter Besant
Trades unions were mostly against piecework as giving more active workers an advantage over the others.
"Bygones Worth Remembering, Vol. 2 (of 2)" by George Jacob Holyoake
These are only some of the evils Marx lays at the door of piecework; he has many more charges.
"Contemporary Socialism" by John Rae
It was formerly always piecework, each woman taking so many acres to tie, but it is found better to pay the women 1s.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 13, Slice 6" by Various
The piecework system as it stands is grossly unfair.
"Life in a Railway Factory" by Alfred Williams

In poetry:

The journeyman sits in his garret dim
Till his legs are numb'd and his eyeballs swim,
At piecework night and day;
His sharp Jewish master makes money of him,
Sweating his muscles, limb by limb,
And coining his life away!
"A Dozen Ballads About White Slavery. X. Slop-Jobbing" by Martin Farquhar Tupper

In news:

Another system, which the British Home Office used, was to pay executioners on a piecework basis, but Canadian officials found it impossible to retain skilled hangmen that way.
They talk about the committee's work during the summer and the recommendation to include agriculture in the state's minimum wage laws but that employees paid for piecework remain exempt.
Furniture buliders at the plant are paid on a piecework basis instead of hourly wages.
Piecework motivates cherry sorters.