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yakka Australian English

Meaning: work, physical labour

For example:

  • Gettin' that bloody trench dug was hard yakka, mate!

  • The trouble with kids these days is that they've never had to do a hard day's yakka in their lives. They've had it too bloody easy!

Note: Most often used in the collocation "hard yakka".

Variety: This slang is typically used in Australian English but may be used in other varieties of English too.

Quick Quiz:

My Australian mate said, "Hard yakka's OK as long as
  1. you've got strong teeth
  2. you know how to soften it
  3. you get well paid for it

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