cut-and-paste job


cut-and-paste job
   a report sloppily prepared from various sources
   The script might be thus edited prior to word processors, which have however retained the terminology:
    Mr Baker claims the articles have used 'selective quotations' from telephone conversations. 'The authors of the articles have carried out a "cut and paste" job of taking different bits of different conversations and amalgamating,' he said. (Daily Telegraph, 22 September 1996)
   The same term is disparagingly used of a non-fiction book where a hurried author has undertaken little original research.

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