Hard or routine preparatory work: there were a few young recruits on hand to help with the spadework
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- Why not let the other side do all the hard political spadework of introducing new taxes and then spend the revenue when it's your turn in office?
- This diplomatic spadework laid the foundation for the surgical and successful military operation that slivered Pakistan in late 1971.
- Boasting of his good economic management’ fails to give credit to all the good spadework done by years of Labour governments.
preliminary work, preparations, planning, groundwork, foundations, homework, preliminaries, provision, preparatory measures; hard work, donkey work, labour, drudgery, slog, toil, hard labour, sweated labour, hack work, chores, exertion
British informal graft