Definition of dogsbody in US English:



  • A person who is given boring, menial tasks to do.

    ‘I got myself a job as typist and general dogsbody on a small magazine’
    • ‘I became head of current affairs, BBC Television Northern Ireland, which sounds grand but I was basically a dogsbody.’
    • ‘They soon moved in together, falling easily into stereotypical roles, he as the dominant decision-maker, she as general dogsbody.’
    • ‘There were eight divers on my boat, and three non-divers as dogsbodies.’
    • ‘‘I decided to stay in the kitchen, rather than become a dogsbody in a hotel,’ said Kim.’
    • ‘I reminded myself that I am professionally qualified and thus have more purpose than to act as personal assistant, clerk, typist and dogsbody to anybody.’
    • ‘In early 1997, I applied to sit an exam to become a copyboy, a now extinct species of dogsbodies who once did everything journos couldn't be bothered doing.’
    • ‘The author has also previously worked as a chambermaid, a waitress and an office dogsbody in Friends of the Earth.’
    • ‘People seem to think we're here to drop everything when they need something, to take the blame for other people's bad behaviour and to generally take the role of dogsbody.’
    • ‘It's a funny old job - part teacher, part substitute mum or dad, part social worker and part dogsbody.’
    • ‘His only employment for the whole of his life was as a menial dogsbody in various Catholic Hospitals.’
    • ‘Barry, are you the office dogsbody who ends up doing the rubbish jobs the other hacks can't be bothered with?’
    • ‘He's a bit of a dogsbody really - Ray and Gene send him on all of the rubbish jobs.’
    • ‘I worked for nothing, was the office dogsbody, but I learned a lot, explained Rory.’
    • ‘He begins his story as the dogsbody of a big-time lawyer prosecuting a Roman senator for corruption.’
    • ‘Pity the poor dogsbody whose job it is to deliver the trophy in time for a post-match presentation at either Ibrox or Rugby Park.’
    • ‘We work with individual children, but we are treated as dogsbodies.’
    • ‘Instead of having a position of any responsibility I was the bottom of the bottom, the general dogsbody.’
    • ‘When I was 18 I landed a job as an exhibitions dogsbody at the Royal Academy of Arts in London.’
    • ‘As the general dogsbody for the radio station, I'd been sent out to drag the stars back to our mobile studio, where they would be interviewed on air.’
    • ‘I started work as a dogsbody in a small City advertising agency at £13 pounds 10 shillings a week, and rented a room in Crouch End for £5 a week.’
    drudge, menial, menial worker, factotum, man of all work, maid of all work, servant, slave, galley slave, lackey, underling, minion
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