the donkey work

donkey work

Difficult and tedious work. Oh, don't worry, we can get our interns to do this donkey work for us.
See also: donkey, work

the ˈdonkey work

(informal) the hard, boring parts of a job: Why is it always me who has to do the donkey work?
See also: donkey, work
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Do the donkey work and allow Shelvey the space and time to play his football.
As in football you can do the donkey work, but know your place.
Backs coach Farrell agrees but warned that game-breaking flair is only possible if the donkey work is done first.
By doing the donkey work now, you'll have a perfect plot ready for planting in spring when the soil warms up.
Far more so than those who do the donkey work out in the streets of Cleveland.
It's going to be quite a shock to the system for whoever plays fullback behind him because Newcastle have had in the likes of Gutierrez, Gouffran and Sissoko, midfielders who will run their socks off and do their share of the donkey work.
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.
With nobody willing to do the donkey work, and Roi Du Mee unable to, O'Connell decided to tear up the pre-race script.
Bearing the perils of a tactical race in mind, Ruby Walsh decided to make the pace on the Andrea and Graham Wylie-owned five-year-old and despite having to do the donkey work, Briar Hill's class shone through.
Vyclone then does the donkey work of synchronising and stitching the clips together, with the end result being an almost instant, multi-angle video of an event that looks impressively professional.
I suppose both of these will want a secretary to do all the donkey work, plus expenses adding to the cost.
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.
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.
NDC paid for 200 bushes and trees to be planted to create the horticultural screen, and the school community in Wood End came together to do the donkey work.
Yakubu: Let AJ do all the donkey work, the Yak will just put the ball in the net.