One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1‘I had to do the groundwork for a revolutionary new project’
preliminary work, preliminaries, preparations, preparatory measures, basic work, spadework, legwork, hard work, donkey work, hack work
planning, arrangements, organization, homework
basics, rudiments, essentials, fundamentals, underpinning, footing, foundation, cornerstone
informal nitty-gritty, nuts and bolts, brass tacks
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