dirty work

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dirty work definition


  1. n.
    menial work; hard work. : Why do I always get stuck with the dirty work?
  2. n.
    sneaky activities. : I hear that Sam is up to his old dirty work again.
Dictionary of American Slang and Colloquial Expressions by Richard A. Spears.Fourth Edition.
Copyright 2007. Published by McGraw-Hill Education.
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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]

The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer.
Copyright © 1997. Published by Houghton Mifflin.
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