One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Impose too little work on (someone)‘MPs are viewed by the public as overpaid and underworked’
undertow, underflow, underswell, underdrift, understream, undertide, underrunView synonyms
- ‘It is a popularly held notion that most managers are underworked and overpaid, is it not?’
- ‘So bad was business one day last week that the underworked bar staff reported they had sold just 16 beers in 10 hours.’
- ‘I worked in newsrooms for 20 years and I haven't known a whole lot of journalists who are underworked.’
- ‘Maybe we should learn by trial and error by either overworking or underworking our swimmers.’
- ‘But a few subversive questions might crop up amid one's fighting rush hour traffic and complying with the boss's directives: Could it be that many of our workers see themselves as underworked?’
- ‘Generals and others feared that underworked soldiers might degenerate into an armed mob, so education became a useful and time-consuming diversion.’
- ‘In the first eight months I was working there, I was chronically underworked, and yet they employed an intern, and threw work at him.’
- ‘We have a lot of people who are underworked.’
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