from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Tedious, menial, or unpleasant work. See Synonyms at work.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. tedious, menial and exhausting work
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. The act of drudging; disagreeable and wearisome labor; ignoble or slavish toil.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The labor of a drudge; ignoble, spiritless toil; hard work in servile or mechanical occupations.
- n. Synonyms Labor, Toil, etc. See work, n.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. hard monotonous routine work
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Having enough to live on, he has not been forced to work for bread; he has declined to subject himself to what he calls the drudgery of the profession, by which, I believe, he means the general work of a practising surgeon; and has found other employment.
For these people, a management role which involves administrative drudgery is both a refuge, and a means for advancing one's career to a higher salary scale.
How much drudgery is involved in making a sandwich and a pot of tea?
How much drudgery is involved in putting a centerpiece on the dining table?
The “AI” approach is so positive it makes the other methods seem to wallow in drudgery of the problems.
Here in the Eastern Conference final, where half-court drudgery is dictated by a Detroit Pistons outfit that wants no part of sleek showmanship, NBA basketball becomes less an art than a painstaking process both to play and watch.
Therefore, I maintain that capacity for work, and even drudgery, is among the essentials of story-telling.
I am ready to run mad over the mathematics! which I have just begun & wish I had just concluded — all your drudgery is over.
You’re never more aware of how much drudgery is involved in the work of mothering than when you’re doing that work while suffering from a bad cold or flu or some such viral misery as makes your head pound and your lungs ache and your throat burn.
The whole nation repels the idea of drudgery of any sort, and the most conscientious teacher has to contend against a home influence, which, working at right angles with her own, hardly allows any noble effort.
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