One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1Now usually in form screenwork. Screens that partition or enclose an area or space, considered collectively.
2Acting, directing, etc., for film or television; film or television work.
Mid 17th century; earliest use found in Henry Hexham (fl. 1601–1650), soldier and author. From screen + work.
screen work/ˈskriːn wəːk/
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