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dirty work

noun
1.
disagreeable, often tedious tasks.
2.
any illegal or dishonest dealing.
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  • The indispensable man escaped his influence, because of that indelible blot which made him fit for dirty work.

  • He had said to himself bitterly, "I am the only one fit for that dirty work."

  • A Controller never did anything directly; their dirty work was done by someone else—a puppet under their mental control.

    The Penal Cluster Ivar Jorgensen (AKA Randall Garrett)
  • "So you are here to do Dr. Mackey's dirty work, are you," he added.

    Young Captain Jack Horatio Alger and Arthur M. Winfield
  • The team was a capital one, and stuck to their dirty work like terriers.

    Impressions of America Tyrone Power
Slang definitions & phrases for dirty work

dirty work

noun phrase

Dishonest, unethical, underhanded, or criminal acts; skullduggery

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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Idioms and Phrases with dirty work

dirty work

An unpleasant, distasteful, or thankless task or job. For example, Jane complained that she had to do all the dirty work while her colleagues took long vacations. [ First half of 1900s ]
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