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[mass noun] Activities or tasks that are unpleasant or dishonest and given to someone else to undertake.‘you're only indispensable to your boss because you do all her dirty work’
menial work, drudgery, chores, donkey workView synonyms
- ‘Neo-liberalism, which officially began here with Mrs Thatcher, has not yet finished its dirty work.’
- ‘My next guest says she's tired of the Democratic Party calling in old war veterans to do its dirty work.’
- ‘Moderate is not forming an army of suicide bombers, terrorists and animals to do your dirty work.’
- ‘What she didn't know was that her school may be helping a powerful credit card issuer do their dirty work.’
- ‘In every war it was the opportune time for the reactionist and commercial vulture to do his dirty work in the name of patriotism.’
- ‘I think what we really are at a point now is where we can't expect others to continue to do our dirty work.’
- ‘But, it's not all dirty work or dodging bullets, her career has also brought her into contact with the stars.’
- ‘His life has always been a matter of others doing his dirty work for him, others bailing him out.’
- ‘If that is right then Kerry is correct to hammer on Bush having these people do his dirty work for him.’
- ‘As it turned out, the man who eventually got the IRS job refused to do Nixon's dirty work.’
- ‘The present government is not unique in using the armed forced as some sort of response force to do its political dirty work.’
- ‘They serve a useful function, surely, do all the nitty-gritty dirty work, and make their clients rich in the process.’
- ‘They would prefer to do their dirty work under the cover of darkness.’
- ‘In actual fact they are trying to get Labour to do their dirty work for them.’
- ‘State-corporate crimes may involve the state employing private companies to do its dirty work for it.’
- ‘Sure, rely on your closest friends for support, but don't let them do your dirty work.’
- ‘‘He's a barrister and has a way with words, so I get him to do my dirty work,’ she said.’
- ‘Don't get crippled kids and war widows to do your dirty work!’
- ‘Usually it is big Western armies like the American, British and French that get proxy armies to do their dirty work for them.’
- ‘They cheated their own people and used extortion against them in doing the overlords' dirty work.’
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