Definition of not (or never) do a stroke of work in US English:

not (or never) do a stroke of work

phrase

  • Do no work at all.

    • ‘It was said that Winston's father, Randolph, never did a stroke of work in his whole life, and neither did his mother Jennie.’
    • ‘He was charming and funny and a great story teller, and he never did a stroke of work.’
    • ‘He gets money in plenty; he fasts no oftener than other Mohammedans; he has two wives; he never does a stroke of work.’
    • ‘The best person that has ever worked with my cutting machines is a boy only 18 years old, who never did a stroke of work in his life before that.’
    • ‘Lucretia is one of those lucky movie journalists who never does a stroke of work.’
    • ‘In a tiny cottage near the king's palace there once lived an old man, his wife, and his son, a very lazy fellow, who would never do a stroke of work.’
    • ‘Now we hear that you have some among you living quite undisciplined lives, never doing a stroke of work.’
    • ‘I am free as the air, and never do a stroke of work; and, as for fodder, I have only to go to the hills and there I find far more than enough for my needs.’
    • ‘From the day of the accident he never did a stroke of work.’
    • ‘He never did a stroke of work in his life.’