from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Chiefly British Slang One who does menial work; a drudge.
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- n. A person who does menial work, a servant.
- v. To act as a dogsbody, to do menial work:
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- n. a worker who has to do all the unpleasant or boring jobs that no one else wants to do
British slang, naval rations (obsolete), midshipman.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
dog's + body. 1818, British navy slang, originally derogatory reference to unappetizing pease pudding (compare dog's breakfast), as if it were made of mashed dog meat. In 20th century applied to low-ranked sailors, thence menial servants in wider usage. (Wiktionary)