scut work

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Noun1.scut work - trivial, unrewarding, tedious, dirty, and disagreeable chores; "the hospital hired him to do scut work"
chore, job, task - a specific piece of work required to be done as a duty or for a specific fee; "estimates of the city's loss on that job ranged as high as a million dollars"; "the job of repairing the engine took several hours"; "the endless task of classifying the samples"; "the farmer's morning chores"
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The scut work of newspaper reporters, especially those on the first rungs of their careers, is usually not portrayed in fiction any better than the real work of private detectives, but de Mariaffi is pitch perfect at capturing the attitudes, the process, the smell of the stale coffee, and the otherworldliness of late hours in the newspaper's morgue.
As the Ninth Seat she was probably bringing in the coffee and doing the scut work but it is another link to be exploited.
Next, a substantial percentage (perhaps a majority) are beginning to feel comfortable allowing their support staffers or graduate students to take care of the scut work of handling most technology.
In the hospital, our tasks include, but are not limited to: interviewing and examining patients, writing on charts, reading up on our cases, racking our brain for the correct diagnoses and best possible treatments, monitoring each of our patients anywhere from every 15 minutes to every four hours (taking the blood pressure, heart rate, breathing rate, temperature, and anything else deemed necessary), extracting blood, inserting IV cannulas, doing scut work, reassuring and/or comforting relatives, accomplishing paperwork, and answering to our seniors.
volunteer, yea; not till she is done recruiting for the scut work that
If the Super Bowl volunteers are given scut work, kept in the parking lot furthest away from the venue, and treated badly, exploitation might come to mind.
74) Too much time on law review is spent in "mindless scut work," such as learning the details of the Bluebook, source checking, and line editing--tasks with limited utility to students.
Some physicians may think these tasks are just scut work, but they are essential to developing a safe, efficient high-reliability organization (HRO) that can avoid catastrophe in a real crisis or emergency.
In the case of Fareed Za- karia's robbery from The New Yorker for his piece on gun control in Time magazine, the chances are when you work in the rare stratosphere of raw fourth estate power you tend to harness interns to do your scut work or, what us old salts call, research.
Especially in the leading universities, the tenured class is left to do its own thing, with the scut work of teaching largely carried out by adjuncts and teaching assistants.