dirty work


disagreeable, often tedious tasks.
any illegal or dishonest dealing.

Nearby words

  1. dirty rice,
  2. dirty trick,
  3. dirty tricks,
  4. dirty war,
  5. dirty word,
  6. dirty-minded,
  7. dis,
  8. dis aliter visum,
  9. dis pater,
  10. dis-

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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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