Definition of spadework noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

 

spadework

 noun
noun
BrE BrE//ˈspeɪdwɜːk//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈspeɪdwɜːrk//
 
[uncountable]
 
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the hard work that has to be done in order to prepare for something I have to do all the spadework for the monthly committee meetings.
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