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donkey work

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

noun

Tedious work needing little skill or wit; scut: He uses computers to do what the ''whiz kids'' call their ''donkey work'' (1920+)

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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