n. Informal
Monotonous work or menial tasks that have to be done usually as part of a large complex job or project.

[From scut, worthless person, perhaps from scout.]
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menial or dull work or tasks
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or scut′ work`,

menial, routine work, as that done by an underling.
[1960–65; scut, of undetermined orig.]
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n (US inf: = tedious work) → langweilige or eintönige Arbeit; → Drecksarbeit f (inf)
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