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English definition of “workhorse”

workhorse

noun [C]     /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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