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.
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SPADEWORK Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of spadework for English Language Learners
: difficult work that is done especially to prepare for something
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