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English definition of “do (all) the donkey work”

do (all) the donkey work

UK informal
to do the hard, boring part of a job : Why should I do all the donkey work while you sit around doing nothing?Work, working and the workplaceWorking hours and periods of work
(Definition of do (all) the donkey work from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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