Grunt-work - Idioms by The Free Dictionary
grunt work (redirected from grunt-work)
Work that is menial and often tedious. Get one of those interns to do this grunt work—that's what they're here for!
Fig. work that is menial and thankless. During the summer, I earned money doing grunt work. I did all of the grunt work on the project, but my boss got all of the credit.
grunt work and shit work
n. hard, menial labor; tedious work. (Work that a lesser person ought to be doing.) Who is supposed to do the grunt work around here? Not me! Why am I always doing the shit work?
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He's very fit and never takes a backward step, doing a lot of the grunt-work
It's like another one of those grunt-work
jobs,'' Leist said, ``but if the linebackers get a lot of tackles, then we know we did our job.
The Hart High graduate, whose Cal State Northridge role shifted from high-profile weekend starter to grunt-work
reliever at midseason, led the Big West Conference-champion Matadors with 11 victories last spring as a senior.