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[dawgz-bod-ee, dogz-]
noun, plural dogs·bod·ies. Chiefly British Slang.
  1. a menial worker; drudge.
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Origin of dogsbody

First recorded in 1810–20; originally a junior naval officer, earlier a sailor's term for soaked sea biscuits or pease pudding
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British Dictionary definitions for dogsbody


noun plural -bodies
  1. informal a person who carries out menial tasks for others; drudge
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verb -bodies, -bodying or -bodied
  1. (intr) to act as a dogsbody
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