donkey work


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donkey work

  (British, American & Australian informal) also grunt work (American informal)
hard, boring work
Usage notes: In the past, donkeys were used to carry heavy loads.
Why do I have to do all the donkey work while you get to do the interesting stuff?
See also: donkey, work
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I didn't want to do the donkey work and play into the hands of Tidal Bay.
But there are a couple of things to consider - he's playing with two of the best ball carriers around, so there could be a little bit of that, plus he gets through a lot of work you don't see, he does the donkey work.
Deano did his fair share of donkey work, but also came up with the goals so you'd think there's no better person for Mangan to learn off.
6 position in the Australian squad, while Siddle has been reassured that the number in the wickets column beside his name is of little consequence so long as he is doing the donkey work while Mitchell Johnson and Doug Bollinger get the glory.
Lucy and I make a great team because I do all the donkey work and she takes care of all the paperwork.
In the Tokyo-Glasgow collaboration, "the real donkey work and the part where no one thought we were getting anywhere was the 6 or 7 years of trying to purify enough enzyme to work with," Crozier recalls.
Naively, I assumed that all of the scholarship students, who did the donkey work and who met and escorted us to our Ballet Alley cabins when we first arrived, must be extremely talented.
JOSH LAW 6 Did all the quiet donkey work to allow his wingers to bomb forward.
The reference point being handed to most Newcastle fans is David Ginola - and the man who used to do the defensive donkey work for the Gallic wing genius has added his voice to the clamour.
NOT Only was he saddled with a penalty, he ALSO had tO dO much Of the dOnkey wOrk himself and HannOn had made nO secret Of the fact that he wOuld IMPROVE plenty fOr the Outing.
On Saturday, just like at Hull, he was asked to play behind the striker doing a lot of donkey work.
in this crucial exercise, Stoute kept things simple by having Telescope ridden by his familiar partner, former jockey kevin Bradshaw, while Ryan Moore cut out the donkey work on a senior handicapper.
Last week's winner was Rita Fortnam of Wolverley, Kidderminster, who sent us this caption for the picture opposite: "We are fed up of doing all the donkey work.
You saw England getting beaten in the World Cup playing 4-4-2 and not doing that kind of donkey work.