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dirty work

disagreeable, often tedious tasks.
any illegal or dishonest dealing. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • “They picked out a good spot for the dirty work,” he concluded, looking about.

    The Coyote James Roberts
  • He had said to himself bitterly, "I am the only one fit for that dirty work."

  • Maman and Caughnega have been making a catspaw of you to do their dirty work.

    Rodney, the Ranger John V. Lane
  • Well, I like baronesses to do my dirty work for me and Montmorencys for my sweeps.

    The False Chevalier William Douw Lighthall
  • Who will do the dirty work, and the dangerous work, under Socialism?

    Socialism John Spargo
Slang definitions & phrases for dirty work

dirty work

noun phrase

Dishonest, unethical, underhanded, or criminal acts; skullduggery

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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Idioms and Phrases with dirty work

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 ]
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