pick-and-shovel

[ pik-uhn-shuhv-uhl ]
/ ˈpɪk ənˈʃʌv əl /

adjective

marked by drudgery; laborious: the pick-and-shovel work necessary to get a political campaign underway.

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Origin of pick-and-shovel

First recorded in 1890–95
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