not do a stroke (of work)

not do a stroke (of work)

not do a stroke (of work)

Meaning

To not do any work at all.

Examples

Now that Jim’s retired, he just spends all day on the couch watching television. He won’t do a stroke of work around the house!

I’m going to have a long night ahead with this term paper, as I haven’t done a stroke up till now.

They haven’t done a stroke of work all day.

‘they didn’t do a stroke of work for all this’

He’s useless – he hasn’t done a stroke of work today.

‘Does your husband help in the house?’ ‘No, he doesn’t do a stroke.’

‘he has long, pale hands which have clearly never done 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 do a stroke of work.’

‘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 never did a stroke of work in his life.’

‘Now we hear that you have some among you living quite undisciplined lives, never doing a stroke of work.’

‘He was charming and funny and a great storyteller, and he never did a stroke of work.’

‘From the day of the accident, 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.’

‘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.’

‘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.’

I fear I am going to fail my exams because I have not done a stroke of work this semester.


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