He expressed at each recurring crisis his old regret at not being some mason's hodman.
Day after day Steinbock came home, evidently tired, complaining of this "hodman's work" and his own physical weakness.
Deal with the nostril as you will; I am but a hodman who bears the bricks, you are the heaven-born architect.
As the carpentering business was not going well he would turn day-laborer, be a mason's hodman, ditcher, break stones on the road.
There is no scaffolding, no hodman with bricks and mortar; the solid stone walls seem to grow up in the most hopeless confusion.
The question of the war with England is debated by every native paviour and hodman of New York.