from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Work requiring a spade.
- n. Preparatory work necessary for a project or an activity.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. Work done by digging with a spade.
- n. Work done in preparation for something else.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. dull or routine preliminary work preparing for an undertaking
spade + work (Wiktionary)