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English definition of “do the dirty work”

do the dirty work

UK informal
in football, to work hard defending, not attacking an opponent's goal: A player like Young, who does all the dirty work, allows the rest of the midfield to press higher up the pitch.
(Definition of do the dirty work from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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