- Informal. tedious, repetitious work; drudgery.Also, donkeywork /dong"kee werrk', dawng"-, dung"-/.[1915-20]
* * *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?
* * *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).
* * *noun [noncount]chiefly Brit informal : hard work that is not interesting
I had to do the donkey work.
* * *the hard boring part of a job or task
Useful english dictionary. 2012.
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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