American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. Chiefly British Slang One who does menial work; a drudge.
- n. a worker who has to do all the unpleasant or boring jobs that no one else wants to do
- 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)
- British slang, naval rations (obsolete), midshipman. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“One of his first hires when he entered the Senate in 1977 was the equivalent of a parliamentary private secretary — a "dogsbody," in British parlance — whose task was to scour the press every day and then draft notes to anyone and everyone who might appropriately receive a comment or observation from a newly installed U. S senator who hoped to remain one for a long time.”
“Carl becomes a kind of dogsbody for the station staff, doing their bidding and absorbing their wisdom.”
“In the early part of the 20th century, "dogsbody" came to mean the guy who gets the crap jobs.”
“I became a messenger, or I had a job called "desk assistant," which basically meant dogsbody at ABC News.”
“I am a combination of researcher, secretary, ofﬁce girl, tea maker and general dogsbody.”
Death of a Scriptwriter
“He chafed with annoyance at being treated as a dogsbody by the older apprentices, loathed their loose conversation, and felt he was learning nothing.”
“I wouldn't have missed it for the world, of course; I sorta felt I owed a bit of elbow grease given the work put in by the crew, and in truth it was kinda wonderful being a dogsbody rather than ...”
“I listened in vain for the urgent clatter of typewriters but all I got was cynical hard-bitten hacks hurling sexist abuse at the paper's lowly but idealistic dogsbody who, naturally, was the only one asking the right questions.”
“International best-seller John Connolly has variously worked as a journalist, barman, local government official, waiter and a dogsbody at Harrods department store in London.”
“The young dogsbody of the shop, the gullible and neglected Seymour, ends up cultivating a bizarre plant that only grows when he feeds it blood.”
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