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noun
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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British Dictionary definitions for donkey work

donkey-work

noun
groundwork
drudgeryUS equivalent: draft-mule work
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