1. the hard or practical work necessary to do or achieve something






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do most of the legwork for something

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'Legwork' is physically and/or mentally demanding work that usually goes on behind the scenes. It is most commonly used in a professional environment and usually involves practical, painstaking work, such as collecting and sorting through large amounts of data. Often, a person in a senior position will get someone in a junior position to do their legwork. A similar expression is 'do the hard yards.' 

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  1. I wrote the article myself, but my assistant did most of the legwork by sourcing all the information I needed.
  2. The legal case I was working on required a lot of legwork that I just didn't have time for, so I roped in a few of the junior members of staff.
  3. I really didn't mind doing the legwork for my boss's conference speech. It was a good experience for me.

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  1. I have all the legwork done for my essay. All the research and outlines are complete. Now I just have to write it!
  2. There is a lot of legwork involved in building your own home that most people don't realise. 

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