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hard labor

compulsory labor imposed upon criminals in addition to imprisonment, generally not exceeding ordinary labor in severity or amount.
Origin of hard labor
1850-55 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • Again a command was heard, and the hard-labor convicts, in pairs, began to pour out.

    The Awakening Leo Nikoleyevich Tolstoy
  • He could see nothing; the sounds came from one of the hard-labor cells.

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