Meaning of black work

black' work"

Pronunciation: [key]
  1. work for which a person is paid in cash, with the transaction not recorded or reported, so as to avoid paying income tax on the amount earned.
  2. blackwork.

black•work

Pronunciation: (blak'wûrk"), [key]
— n.
  1. embroidery done with black, usually silk, thread on white fabric, esp. linen.
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