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water carrier

a person who carries water, as to a body of troops.
a pipe, duct, or tank for conveying water.
a ship that transports goods or persons by waterway or sea routes.
Origin of water carrier
1645-55 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • Gedalyeh Mindel, the water-carrier, twenty-four roubles a week  The words leaped like fire in the air.

    Hungry Hearts Anzia Yezierska
  • The river bore me along; to Akki, the water-carrier, it brought me.

    Chaldea Znade A. Ragozin
  • Every man of them, including the Mexican water-carrier, was broadly asmile.

    Ruth Fielding In the Saddle Alice B. Emerson
  • Akki, the water-carrier, in the tenderness of his heart lifted me up.

    Chaldea Znade A. Ragozin
  • What would the princess care, if he were a water-carrier's son?

    The Story of Don Quixote Arvid Paulson, Clayton Edwards, and Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra
  • Thus it is that the water-carrier is so important a personage in these warm climes.

  • In Apte a water-carrier, carrying his cans, has fallen dead in the street.

    Stories and Pictures Isaac Loeb Peretz
  • Water not to be had at any price, nor a water-carrier to be seen.

  • Guiraut de Bornelh is like a sun-bleached cloth with his thin miserable song which might suit an old Norman water-carrier.

    The Troubadours H.J. Chaytor
  • Would it please you to hear the story of Yussuf, the water-carrier?

    The Pacha of Many Tales Frederick Marryat
British Dictionary definitions for water-carrier

water carrier

(informal) a football player who is regarded as hard-working and competent but is not a star player

Water Carrier

the Water Carrier, the constellation Aquarius, the 11th sign of the zodiac
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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