Definition of spadework
1 : work done with a spade
2 : the hard plain preliminary drudgery in an undertaking
Examples of spadework in a Sentence
She had her assistants do the spadework in preparation for the trial.
Recent Examples of spadework from the Web
Seeking to determine what went wrong, the lawyers asked investigators to perform some additional spadework.
And with even bigger wackos around to do the real anti-Clinton spadework, the Reform Party’s reluctant leader may once again have the last laugh.
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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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