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1. Dull or boring tasks. Stop filing and get one of the interns to do that dirty work.
2. Devious and deceptive activities I'm not surprised that Phil was caught embezzling money from the company—he always seemed to be involved in dirty work. The boss will just get one of his thugs to do his dirty work.
1. Fig. unpleasant or uninteresting work. My boss does all the traveling. I get all the dirty work to do. She's tired of doing all the dirty work at the office.
2. Fig. dishonest or underhanded actions; treachery. She knew there was some dirty work going on when she saw her opponents whispering together. The company seems respectable enough, but there's a lot of dirty work that goes on.
An unpleasant, distasteful, or thankless task or job. For example, Jane complained that she had to do all the dirty work while her colleagues took long vacations . [First half of 1900s]
(do somebody’s) ˈdirty work(do) the unpleasant or dishonest jobs that somebody else does not want to do: Tell him yourself! I don’t see why I should have to do your dirty work for you!
1. n. menial work; hard work. Why do I always get stuck with the dirty work?
2. n. sneaky activities. I hear that Sam is up to his old dirty work again.