Make-work definitions

māk'wûrk'
Work of little value assigned or taken on only to keep someone from being idle.
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(designating) A job, project, or assignment that serves no useful purpose other than to give an otherwise idle or unemployed person something to do.
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Alternative form of make-work.
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(chiefly US) An activity or task assigned or undertaken for the sake of activity or busy-ness, rather than because of a particular need. [from 20th c.]
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Origin of make-work

From make +"Ž work.