- Work, strenuous labour. Also used as a verb meaning 'to work'. The word is used especially in the phrasehard yakka. It comes from yaga meaning 'work' in the Yagara indigenous language of the Brisbane region.Yakka found its way into nineteenth-century Australian pidgin, and then passed into Australian English. First recorded 1847.
Australian idioms. 2014.
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