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legwork

The physically or mentally demanding work required to do or accomplish something. I'm sure you'll be able to find a good job, but you've got to put in the legwork—one's not going to just fall into your lap. The case is so huge that I brought on a legal aid to help get through the legwork. I'm too old to do the gardening on my whole property, so each summer I hire a couple of local teenagers to do the legwork.

legwork

the physical work accompanying a task. I don't mind making thephone calls if you do the legwork. I have a gopher to do the legwork for me.

leg work

n. the physical work accompanying a task. I don’t mind making the phone calls if you do the leg work.
See also: leg, work