donkey work

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
  1. groundwork
  2. drudgeryUS equivalent: draft-mule work
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