grunt work

noun Slang.
work that is repetitious, often physically exhausting, and boring. Unabridged
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grunt work definition

and shit work
  1. n.
    hard, menial labor; tedious work. (Work that a lesser person ought to be doing.) : Who is supposed to do the grunt work around here? Not me! , Why am I always doing the shit work?
Dictionary of American Slang and Colloquial Expressions by Richard A. Spears.Fourth Edition.
Copyright 2007. Published by McGraw-Hill Education.
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Example sentences
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.
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