dirty work

dirty work

noun
1.
disagreeable, often tedious tasks.
2.
any illegal or dishonest dealing.
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dirty work

An unpleasant, distasteful, or thankless task or job. For example, Jane complained that she had to do all the dirty work while her colleagues took long vacations. [First half of 1900s]

The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer.
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