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field hand

a person who works in the fields of a farm or plantation.
Origin of field hand
1820-30, Americanism Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • With her rude husband she still shares the hard service of a field-hand.

  • The millionaire's child, as well as the field-hand's, must wait awhile yet.

    The Negro and the Nation George S. Merriam
  • Young as he was, he had a great dread of being a field-hand.

    The Freedmen's Book Lydia Maria Child
  • On some there was a sufficient force for the season's work, while on others there was scarcely an able field-hand.

  • The girl was bid off at $1,100, and stepped down to make way for a field-hand.

    The Secret Service. Albert D. Richardson
  • With her rude husband, she still shares the hard service of a field-hand.

  • She sought a cause for having her degraded from the rank of house-servant to field-hand.

    Hubert's Wife Minnie Mary Lee
  • They knew immediately; there is nothing connected with the parish that a field-hand does not know at once.

    Balcony Stories Grace E. King
  • She had been a field-hand in North Carolina, and worked at cutting down trees, grubbing land, and mauling rails.

    Palmetto-Leaves Harriet Beecher Stowe

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