Definition of donkey work in English:

donkey work

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noun

[mass noun] British informal
  • The boring or laborious part of a job; drudgery: supervisors who get a research student to do the donkey work
    More example sentences
    • As the vast majority of his work was formulaic, this method saved a great deal of donkey work, while at the same time, it served as theory exercises for his pupils.
    • The donkey work of this book was done by a ghostwriter.
    • The donkey work had been done - the intricate brushing away of thousands of years of dust and soil was a task undertaken by the steady handed experts.
    Synonyms
    work, effort, endeavour, toil, labour, exertion, graft, the sweat of one's brow, drudgery
    informal slog
    Australian/New Zealand informal yakka

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