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Donkey work

A donkey

A donkey with a colourful saddle on the Greek island of Santorini

Today's Phrase

Donkey work is work which is hard, repetitive and boring.

Examples:

I am tired of doing the donkey work while my workmates get all the fun and creative tasks.

If you want a promotion, you have to do a lot of donkey work first.

Take note

Donkey's years is an expression which means 'a long time'. It's used informally.

Example:

I've been living in this house for donkey's years.

Interesting fact

Taking a 'donkey ride' at the seaside is a popular activity in Britain. But it can be hard work for donkeys. A set of guidelines by The Donkey Sanctuary and the British Equine Veterinary Association says donkeys shouldn't carry people heavier than 50 kg; they must have at least one day off a week and an hour's rest at lunchtime or early evening.

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