a person employed on a cattle ranch; cowboy or cowgirl.

1885–90, Americanism; cow1 + hand Unabridged
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When a cowhand pleads for water, the audience is practically scorched, too.
At the same time, as one aging cowhand with back trouble said over and over again, the cowboy life is the dumps.
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