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  • n. One who hews (especially one who chops wood with an axe).

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. One who hews.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. One who hews.
  • n. Specifically— In coal-mining, the miner who cuts the coal.
  • n. In lumbering, one who uses a heavy broadax in squaring timber.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a person who hews


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  • "I suppose I'm what the Bible calls a hewer of wood and a drawer of water," he would say to himself; for hardly less onerous than the task of keeping the fire in fuel was that of keeping well filled the two water-barrels that stood on either side of the door -- one for the thirsty shantymen, the other for Baptiste's culinary needs.

    The Young Woodsman Life in the Forests of Canada

  • "hewer," who with his huge, broad axe made square the "stick," as the great piece of timber is called.

    The Young Woodsman Life in the Forests of Canada

  • Gideon or Gedeon (Hebrew "hewer"), also called JEROBAAL (Judges, vi,

    The Catholic Encyclopedia, Volume 6: Fathers of the Church-Gregory XI

  • And in the end he became a hewer of wood and drawer of water at the beck and call of Moosu.


  • And in the end he became a hewer of wood and drawer of water at the beck and call of


  • Being but a hewer of wood and drawer of water, she is rheumatic.

    Barnaby Rudge

  • Parload is a famous man now, a great figure in a great time, his work upon intersecting radiations has broadened the intellectual horizon of mankind for ever, and I, who am at best a hewer of intellectual wood, a drawer of living water, can smile, and he can smile, to think how I patronized and posed and jabbered over him in the darkness of those early days.

    In the Days of the Comet

  • Gazette; a barrister maybe, whose name will be famous some day: a hewer of marble perhaps: a surgeon whose patients have not come yet; and one or two men about town who like this queer assembly better than haunts much more splendid.

    The Newcomes

  • Your little ones, your wives, and thy stranger that is in thy camp, from the hewer of thy wood unto the drawer of thy water:

    Probably Just One Of Those Funny Coincidences

  • But the present task was hateful to him; for any big-armed yokel, or common wood-hewer, might have done as much as he could do, and perhaps more, at it, and could have taken the same wage over it.


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