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do the donkey work

To do difficult and tedious work. Primarily heard in UK. Oh, don't worry, we can get our interns to do the donkey work for us.
See also: donkey, work
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do the donkey work

BRITISH
If you do the donkey work, you do the most physically tiring or boring parts of a job or piece of work. The bottom lot were the mechanics who did the sheer physical donkey work. We've been very fortunate getting a succession of secretaries who've managed to do the donkey work.
See also: donkey, work
Collins COBUILD Idioms Dictionary, 3rd ed. © HarperCollins Publishers 2012
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