scut work

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scut work (uncountable)

  1. Distasteful tasks.
    • 1997, Anselm L. Strauss, Social Organization of Medical Work, page 250
      This seems not to exhaust what is called dirty work, regardless of the synonym used (scut work, shit work) by workers themselves — either those actually engaged in the work or others who are lucky enough to escape it.
    • 1998, Robert H. Coombs, Surviving Medical School, page 104
      Some residents, and even some nurses, expect medical students to do a substantial amount of scut work, much of it of the 3 am variety.