scut work

noun
\ ˈskət- How to pronounce scut work (audio) \

Definition of scut work

: routine and often menial labor

Examples of scut work in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Among part-time workers, women pick up even more of the scut work — 6.8 hours of unpaid labor per day versus 2.8 hours for men. Aimee Picchi, CBS News, "Women do more grunt work at home, no matter their pay or education," 23 Jan. 2020 The show’s pilot centered on whether the hospital should even hire Murphy, given that fact; even after the board ultimately voted to bring him on, Murphy’s first day as a surgical resident mostly entailed doing other residents’ scut work. Laura Bradley, HWD, "The Good Doctor Just Beat The Big Bang Theory. . . But How?," 18 Oct. 2017 The show’s pilot centered on whether the hospital should even hire Murphy, given that fact; even after the board ultimately voted to bring him on, Murphy’s first day as a surgical resident mostly entailed doing other residents’ scut work. Laura Bradley, vanityfair.com, "The Good Doctor Just Beat The Big Bang Theory. . . But How?," 18 Oct. 2017

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First Known Use of scut work

circa 1962, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for scut work

probably from medical argot scut junior intern

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“Scut work.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/scut%20work. Accessed 5 Jul. 2020.

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