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dogsbody

[dawgz-bod-ee, dogz-] /ˈdɔgzˌbɒd i, ˈdɒgz-/
noun, plural dogsbodies. Chiefly British Slang.
1.
a menial worker; drudge.
Origin
1810-1820
1810-20; originally a junior naval officer, earlier a sailor's term for soaked sea biscuits or pease pudding
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dogsbody

/ˈdɒɡzˌbɒdɪ/
noun (pl) -bodies
1.
(informal) a person who carries out menial tasks for others; drudge
verb -bodies, -bodying, -bodied
2.
(intransitive) to act as a dogsbody
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Slang definitions & phrases for dogsbody

dogsbody

noun

A menial; lowly pawn •Chiefly British usage: Oh, I'm the general dogsbody around here

[1922+; apparently fr early 1800s naval slang for peas boiled in a cloth sack, although the semantic relation is not obvious]


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