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galley slave

noun
1.
a person condemned to work at an oar on a galley.
2.
a drudge.
Origin
1560-1570
1560-70
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British Dictionary definitions for galley-slave

galley slave

noun
1.
a criminal or slave condemned to row in a galley
2.
(informal) a drudge
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