donkey work

Informal. tedious, repetitious work; drudgery.
Also, donkeywork /dong"kee werrk', dawng"-, dung"-/.
[1915-20]

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donkey work UK US noun [uncountable] informal
boring work that needs a lot of effort but has to be done as part of a job

Why do I have to do all the donkey work?

Thesaurus: boring and tiring worksynonym general words relating to jobs and workhypernym

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donkey work,
Informal. monotonous and laborious work; drudgery: »

Euclidean geometry has been cut to the bone partly because it is a dead-end subject and partly because of the donkey work involved in its study (New Scientist).

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noun [noncount]
chiefly Brit informal : hard work that is not interesting

I had to do the donkey work.

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ˈdonkey work [donkey work] noun uncountable (informal)
the hard boring part of a job or task

Useful english dictionary. 2012.

Look at other dictionaries:

  • donkey work — is any hard, boring work or task …   The small dictionary of idiomes

  • donkey-work — [däŋ′kē wʉrk΄] n. hard work, esp. if routine or menial * * * …   Universalium

  • donkey-work — [däŋ′kē wʉrk΄] n. hard work, esp. if routine or menial …   English World dictionary

  • donkey work — ► NOUN informal ▪ the laborious part of a job …   English terms dictionary

  • donkey work — noun Hard, boring, routine work. Why does everyone else get the interesting work while I have to do all the donkey work? …   Wiktionary

  • donkey work — N SING: usu the N If you do the donkey work, you do the hard work or the less interesting part of the work that needs to be done. [BRIT, INFORMAL] …   English dictionary

  • donkey work — British, American & Australian, informal, American, informal hard, boring work. Why do I have to do all the donkey work while you get to do the interesting stuff? …   New idioms dictionary

  • donkey work — UK / US noun [uncountable] informal boring work that needs a lot of effort but has to be done as part of a job Why do I have to do all the donkey work? …   English dictionary

  • donkey work —    This expression is used to describe the unpleasant, repetitive or boring parts of a job.     I do the donkey work my boss gets the credit! …   English Idioms & idiomatic expressions

  • donkey-work — donˈkey work noun Drudgery • • • Main Entry: ↑donkey …   Useful english dictionary

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