grunt work
noun /ɡɹʌ̃nʔwɝk/
Work (especially that which is heavy, repetitive or mindless) that is considered undesirable and therefore delegated to underlings.

He plans to hire somebody to do the grunt work of digging the trenches for the pipes.


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  • grunt work — noun (U) AmE informal the hard uninteresting part of a piece of work; donkeywork …   Longman dictionary of contemporary English

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