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donkey work

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noun
  1. Informal. tedious, repetitious work; drudgery.
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Also don·key·work [dong-kee-wurk, dawng‐, duhng‐] /ˈdɒŋ kiˌwɜrk, ˈdɔŋ‐, ˈdʌŋ‐/.

Origin of donkey work

First recorded in 1915–20
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