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workhorse

noun [C] uk   /ˈwɜːk.hɔːs/ us    /ˈwɝːk.hɔːrs/
a person who does a lot of work, especially of a type that is necessary but not interesting: a willing/reliable workhorseWorkers in general a machine that operates without failing for long periods, although it might not be very interesting or exciting: The steam engine was the workhorse of the Industrial Revolution.Machinery and machinesHousehold equipment and domestic chores
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