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grunt work

noun, Slang.
work that is repetitious, often physically exhausting, and boring. Unabridged
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  • The machines doing the grunt work loosen the dust and send it airborne where workers can breathe it in copiously.
  • There are more people who want to work in music but don't think they need to learn the grunt work.
  • They try to stick it to the adjuncts to do the grunt work.
  • At some point along the line, you are going to have to cut your teeth with some low-paying entry-level grunt work.
  • Most volunteer vacations charge participants for the chance to do grunt work without pay.
  • Which means the clerks will do the grunt work of reading it and then parsing out its essential doctrines.
  • They get stuck with all the grunt work while their bosses swan around in the limelight.
  • They also do a fair amount of grunt work for the club.
  • By banning your computer's grunt work to the night shift, you can spend more time doing productive things with it during the day.
  • Thus control of the wealth went to the top, while the poor were those left with doing the grunt work.
Slang definitions & phrases for grunt work

grunt work

noun phrase

Hard and/or tedious toil; bullwork, scut work: The machine will do the grunt work, filing, typing lists, comparing, sorting/ Congress returned to Washington and settled down for a month of grunt work/ Whereas Agassi's every second of court time is grunt labor (1977+)

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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