spadework

[ speyd-wurk ]
/ ˈspeɪdˌwɜrk /
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noun

preliminary or initial work, such as the gathering of data, on which further activity is to be based.

Nearby words

  1. spade guinea,
  2. spadefish,
  3. spadefoot,
  4. spadefoot toad,
  5. spadeful,
  6. spadger,
  7. spadiceous,
  8. spadices,
  9. spadille,
  10. spadix

Origin of spadework

First recorded in 1770–80; spade1 + work

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British Dictionary definitions for spadework

spadework

/ (ˈspeɪdˌwɜːk) /

noun

dull or routine preparatory work
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