giving up midtask

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Hi, everyone.

I came across this sentence, and I don't understand the last part of it.
I could not find the definition of the word "midtask" in any dictionaries.
Could anyone help?

Even worse, other sculptors had previously used it, chipping away material to rough out a basic shape but giving up midtask.

Thank you in advance.
  • lingobingo

    Senior Member
    English - England
    mid- anything means in the middle of it – mid-afternoon, mid-morning, midday, in mid-air, mid-century, midstream, etc.

    He gave up in the middle of the task, halfway through it.
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