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6 definitions by The Watcher On The Wall

 
1.
Difficult, irksome, tedious, boring and unglamorous work or effort needed to achieve success in a business venture, sport or study.

Used in speech as "doing the hard yards" or "putting in the hard yards".

Originated in Australia - New Zealand either in farming or rugby. To create a profitable farm it is necessary to "put in the hard yards" by clearing the land etc. In rugby, to score a try it is necessary for other team members "do the hard yards" by bringing the ball up the field against the opposition's best and brutal efforts so as to create a scoring opportunity
If you want to get fit, lose weight and have a chance to be picked for the team, you need to put in the hard yards down at the gym and at training.
by The Watcher On The Wall June 07, 2011
 
2.
Deliberately and secretly disadvantaging someone in some way in the workplace. For example, overloading them with work, denying them training opportunities or spreading gossip about them.

Originated in Australia - New Zealand and derived from the practice of adding weights to the saddle of a race horse to handicap it and slow it down.
If you don't kiss arse with that bastard manager, he'll put your weights up at the next performance appraisal.
by The Watcher On The Wall June 07, 2011
 
3.
An undergraduate student from Mainland China who is paying full fees at a Western university for a Bachelor of Commerce equivalent degree. This class of student is an increasingly attractive "cash cow" for universities facing budget cut-backs.

Chinese business students stream themselves into either quantitative subjects e.g. financial management or soft, qualitative offerings e.g. general management. Since they have been admitted more by their ability to pay inflated "full cost" fees than their academic abilities, their ability to speak and write technical English is often poor meaning that they struggle to pass, do not contribute, unreflectively and uncritically rote learn, plagiarize and cluster together in class and socially.

Many are only-child, spoilt "little emperors" who possess immature social skills that are more expected of very young teenagers than adults.
Anyone who is a member of a university business program as either a student or member of faculty will recognize the Chinese business student demographic.
by The Watcher On The Wall June 06, 2011
 
4.
Running the Cutter denotes a hands-on management or supervisory style.

Australia-New Zealand origin. The worker running the silage cutter on a farm was in charge of both the machine and the other workers breaking open hay bales and feeding the hay into it to produce animal feed.
Bruce was running the cutter on that construction project. A real hard bastard.
by The Watcher On The Wall June 07, 2011
 
5.
A technique of writing an essay, blog contribution or research paper by cutting and pasting large chunks of source material and interspersing these with brief connective sentences. The end result is thus a grotesque patchwork of long quotations that reveals little or nothing of the named author's own thoughts or insights.

Source material may be referenced or, when plagiarized, either presented without citation or in a cosmetically reworded format.

Patch writing is very common amongst undergraduate students from Asian countries studying at Western universities either because they do not understand the subject very well or they believe that getting a good mark involves showing that they have "done research".
You failed this assignment because the task was to research and present your policy recommendations. Instead you simply went for patch writing by copying out large sections from the textbook.
by The Watcher On The Wall June 06, 2011
 
6.
A state, government or local government employee who is a full-time union official. This individual is nominally e.g. a nurse, teacher or police officer but devotes their working day exclusively to union tasks.

A UK term derived from the publicity associated with Nurse Jane Pilgrim employed by the National Health System as a full-time union official.
Being a pilgrim is not a bad screw. 70 thousand quid a year to do fuck-all but wait for your government pension date to arrive.
by The Watcher On The Wall June 13, 2011