Meaning of “do the dirty work” in the English Dictionary

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"do the dirty work" in British English

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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 Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)