DEFINITION of 'Grunt Work'
An expression used to describe thankless and menial work. Grunt work can also refer to jobs that lack glamour and prestige or are boring and repetitive. This term may be derived from the slang term "grunts," which was used to describe low-ranking American soldiers during the Vietnam war.
BREAKING DOWN 'Grunt Work'
Despite its lowly status, grunt work is often an essential component to climbing the career ladder. On Wall Street, grunt work could entail combing through a company's financial records, looking for positive/negative developments or analyzing historical trading data in the hope of finding the perfect stop-limit order points.