do the donkey work

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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

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
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Wales are still not potent enough creatively, not clinical enough when they have done the donkey work and put themselves in the opposition red zone.
Godolphin's Ahzeemah had done the donkey work in front, and those efforts told in the final strides as he was grabbed for second by outsider Star Empire Havana Beat stayed on under Ryan Moore to take fourth, while Qatar's star Dubday finished fifth.
That was followed by a fine 14-yard finish six minutes from time after strike partner Johnny Russell had done the donkey work.
Having done the donkey work to get within striking distance of Vettel, Hamilton discovered his car had not been fitted with a long enough top gear to overtake.
But, with Peter Collingwood (54) and Phil Carlin (51no) having done the donkey work in taking their side to 164-2, a sudden downpour ended the game and cost the Bridge nine precious points.
Although not seen as the most exciting of players, Fletcher has often done the donkey work to protect an inexperienced international back four - something he may have to do once more with senior centre-back James Collins an injury doubt.
Now Johnny Haslett has done the donkey work for all future historians of the form.
McFadden had done the donkey work, chasing a long ball down the middle, touching it past Friedel and being denied a goal himself only by the goalkeeper hauling him back by the shirt to flap the ball against a goalpost.
Sentry, a 10-1 chance, came with a late run under Dettori to see off Prairie Falcon who had done the donkey work at the head of affairs.
This time Corica had done the donkey work again, but even so there seemed no danger as the ball broke loose on the edge of Albion's box.
Brian McEniff's boys have done the donkey work in training and are now focussing on ball work, though Roscommon need the win to ensure survival.
I have done the donkey work and feel that in a few days' time, I could be world champion and that is a phenomenal thought.
I have done the donkey work and feel that in a few days' time I could be world champion and that is a phenomenal thought.
Given the way the race was run, to finish fifth having done the donkey work was an excellent effort as the first four home were held up in the second half of the field in the early stages.
Still, by that stage Roscommon had done the donkey work and put themselves in a strong position.