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pick-and-shovel

[pik-uh n-shuhv-uh l] /ˈpɪk ənˈʃʌv əl/
adjective
1.
marked by drudgery; laborious:
the pick-and-shovel work necessary to get a political campaign underway.
Origin
1890-1895
1890-95
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