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by 1835, from farm (n.) + hand (n.).

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  • Then it is sung softly like the farmhand quartettes do in the rural melodrama outside the old homestead in harvest time.

    The Real Latin Quarter F. Berkeley Smith
  • Bill was scrubbing the porch, and a farmhand was gathering bottles from the grass into a box.

    K Mary Roberts Rinehart
  • Fowler was with Dr. Willis for three or four years as a farmhand.

  • The farmhand had filled his box and disappeared around the corner of the house.

    K Mary Roberts Rinehart
  • Save for a bit of a roll in his gait, he might have passed for a farmhand.

    Jack Harvey's Adventures Ruel Perley Smith
  • Harvey had been a farmhand until he married the farmer's daughter.

    In Pawn Ellis Parker Butler
  • But one day a spy, who did work disguised as a farmhand, was discovered.

  • Kelley has been working in this community as a farmhand for some years.

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