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Difference between Dirty work and Dirty work at the cross-roads

dirty work

1. the necessary work which is dirty, hard, or unpleasant:

  • We never had enough applicants. Most folks just don’t want to do the dirty work. 2. unlawful activity, especially undertaken on behalf of another person: Do you generally get other people to do your dirty work for you?

dirty work at the cross-roads

1. foul play (said of mean or corrupt practices):

  • No question of accident or of dirty work at the cross-roads? These rich men have enemies, don’t they?

2. (joc.) said of smth. unpleasant happening:

  • There’ll be dirty work at the cross-roads all right, when you lads get together. I suppose you’ll be arriving home about 3 a.m.!