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donkey work

noun
1.
Informal. tedious, repetitious work; drudgery.
Also, donkeywork
[dong-kee-wurk, dawng‐, duhng‐] /ˈdɒŋ kiˌwɜrk, ˈdɔŋ‐, ˈdʌŋ‐/ (Show IPA)
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Origin
1915-1920
1915-20
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