Grunt Work

An expression used to describe thankless and menial work. Grunt work can also refer to jobs that lack glamour and prestige or are boring and repetitive. This term may be derived from the slang term "grunts," which was used to describe low-ranking American soldiers during the Vietnam war.

Despite its lowly status, grunt work is often an essential component to climbing the career ladder. On Wall Street, grunt work could entail combing through a company's financial records, looking for positive/negative developments or analyzing historical trading data in the hope of finding the perfect stop-limit order points.


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  • grunt work — n [U] AmE informal the difficult and uninteresting part of a job ▪ These guys do the grunt work in preparing tax returns …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • grunt work — grunt ,work noun uncount AMERICAN INFORMAL work that is boring and sometimes difficult, but not very important. British donkeywork …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • grunt|work — «GRUHNT WURK», noun. U.S. and Canadian Informal. low, menial work: »... the dirty, tedious gruntwork needed to make a campaign successful (New York Times) …   Useful english dictionary

  • grunt work — Slang. work that is repetitious, often physically exhausting, and boring. * * * grunt work noun Monotonous and unrewarding work, esp of a physical nature • • • Main Entry: ↑grunt * * * ˈgrunt work 8 [grunt work] noun …   Useful english dictionary

  • grunt work — n. hard, menial labor; tedious work. □ I’m tired of doing grunt work for minimum wages. □ Who is supposed to do the grunt work around here? Not me! …   Dictionary of American slang and colloquial expressions

  • grunt work — noun /ɡɹʌ̃nʔwɝk/ Work (especially that which is heavy, repetitive or mindless) that is considered undesirable and therefore delegated to underlings. He plans to hire somebody to do the grunt work of digging the trenches for the pipes …   Wiktionary

  • grunt work — American, informal hard work that is not very interesting. Her job was nothing glamorous a lot of grunt work drafting agreements for others to sign …   New idioms dictionary

  • grunt-work — n American menial or demeaning job(s) ► You know, I used to do the grunt work around here. Now I own the place. (Double Cross, US film, 1994) …   Contemporary slang

  • grunt work — Slang. work that is repetitious, often physically exhausting, and boring. * * * …   Universalium

  • grunt work — noun (U) AmE informal the hard uninteresting part of a piece of work; donkeywork …   Longman dictionary of contemporary English

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