- Hard or routine preparatory work: there were a few young recruits on hand to help with the spadeworkMore example sentences
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, exertionBritish • informal graft
- 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.