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February 28, 2009 - dogsbody

dogsbody [dawgz-bod-ee, dogz-]
noun

Definition:
1. (chiefly British slang) a menial worker; drudge. (plu. -bodies)

Etymology:
English, 1810–20; orig. a junior naval officer, earlier a sailor's term for soaked sea biscuits or pease pudding

Example:
"Dogsbody" as currently used in Great Britain signifies a flunky of all work, a person on whom any kind of task can be imposed.
--A Shaping Joy: Studies in the Writer's Craft, Cleanth Brooks
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