spadework


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spade·work

 (spād′wŭrk′)
n.
1. Work requiring a spade.
2. Preparatory work necessary for a project or activity.
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spadework

(ˈspeɪdˌwɜːk)
n
dull or routine preparatory work
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spade•work

(ˈspeɪdˌwɜrk)

n.
preliminary work, as the gathering of data, on which further activity is to be based.
[1770–80]
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.spadework - dull or routine preliminary work preparing for an undertaking
work - activity directed toward making or doing something; "she checked several points needing further work"
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Translations

spadework

[ˈspeɪdwɜːk] N (fig) → trabajo m preliminar
Collins Spanish Dictionary - Complete and Unabridged 8th Edition 2005 © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1971, 1988 © HarperCollins Publishers 1992, 1993, 1996, 1997, 2000, 2003, 2005

spadework

[ˈspeɪdwɜːrk] n (= preparation) → préparation f
Collins English/French Electronic Resource. © HarperCollins Publishers 2005

spadework

n (fig)Vorarbeit f
Collins German Dictionary – Complete and Unabridged 7th Edition 2005. © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1980 © HarperCollins Publishers 1991, 1997, 1999, 2004, 2005, 2007

spadework

[ˈspeɪdˌwɜːk] n (fig) → il grosso dei preparativi
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