from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun A hand or person who works in the fields; a laborer on a farm or plantation.


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  • Just once, I wanted a beating to leave field-hand whip marks on my back.

    I'm Perfect, You're Doomed

  • Elirose Pierre-Louis, who came to the US from Haiti in 1985, worked as a seasonal field-hand and as a janitor in southern Florida.

    Joseph Louis: Just Work: Unjust End

  • The casual rape of a fertile field-hand, a mistake in the contraception treatments, an affair by a younger elf with a simple servant or a breeder'there must have been a dozen ways a conception could occur.

    The Elvenbane

  • If I cook another meal for anyone, it'll be for myself and not for six field-hand appetites that don't know decent food from pigs 'swill.'


  • He never indulged in any regrets for the Arcadian joyousness and irresponsibility which was a somewhat popular conception of slavery; his had not been the lot of the petted house-servant, but that of the toiling field-hand.

    Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, 1995, Memorial Issue

  • Olmsted says: 'I much doubt if the harvest demand of the principal cotton districts of Mississippi adds five per cent. to their field-hand force.

    The Continental Monthly, Vol. 1, No. 3, March, 1862

  • She was the dependable field-hand for the sowing and reaping, when agriculture became the principal means of subsistence.

    Society Its Origin and Development

  • The fact, of coarse, was unpleasant, and the loss considerable, -- a prime field-hand, with some knowledge of carpentry and a good performer on the violin, -- but evasions must be checked, and I cannot see why Mr. Mellasys's method was too severe.

    The Atlantic Monthly, Volume 08, No. 47, September, 1861

  • So far is this from being the case, that although family prayers were held in several of the fifty planters 'houses in Mississippi and Alabama, in which I passed a night, I never in a single instance saw a field-hand attend or join in the devotion of the family.

    The Journal of Negro History, Volume 2, 1917

  • The preceding testimony proves conclusively, that the _quantity of food_ generally allowed to a full-grown field-hand, is a peck of corn

    The Anti-Slavery Examiner, Part 3 of 4


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