spadework

noun spade·work \ ˈspād-ˌwərk \
|Updated on: 29 Jun 2018

Definition of spadework

1 : work done with a spade
2 : the hard plain preliminary drudgery in an undertaking

Examples of spadework in a Sentence

  1. She had her assistants do the spadework in preparation for the trial.

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First Known Use of spadework

1778

in the meaning defined at sense 1

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Definition of spadework for English Language Learners

  • : difficult work that is done especially to prepare for something


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