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  • n. Plural form of hewer.

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Examples

  • It was former U.S. president Andrew Jackson who gave us the expression "hewers of wood and drawers of water," rich irony from a slave owner, unlikely to do either himself.

    CBC | Top Stories News

  • Like it or not, Canadians still tend to be tagged with the "h" word, as in hewers of wood.

    Canada's Economy Beyond the Year 2000

  • In the first place he went to look up some of the older "hewers," men who had been for years in the employ of the Tressadys.

    Sir George Tressady — Volume I

  • We have nothing save the bottle of "pain - killer," which will not fill emptiness, so we must bend to the yoke of the unbeliever and become hewers of wood and drawers of water.

    A HYPERBOREAN BREW

  • We have nothing save the bottle of "painkiller," which will not fill emptiness, so we must bend to the yoke of the unbeliever and become hewers of wood and drawers of water.

    A HYPERBOREAN BREW

  • And, last of all, are the unskilled laborers, the hewers of wood and drawers of water, the ditch-diggers, the men of pick and shovel, the helpers, lumpers, roustabouts.

    THE TRAMP

  • Kept apart and yet essential as the hewers of wood and drawers of water for the whites, Blacks had unequal rights, unequal opportunities, unequal lives.

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  • There were many hereditary inefficients -- men and women who were not weak enough to be confined in feeble-minded homes, but who were not strong enough to be ought else than hewers of wood and drawers of water.

    Chapter V

  • The Zionist project was to domesticate its Arab citizens as the hewers and drawers of water.

    Israel's harassment of citizens could ignite uprising, warns Arab politician

  • The claim that Israel is the incarnation and defender of Jewish values is contradicted by its treatment of an Arab population that has now lived for over two generations under Israel's military subjugation - treatment that Moshe Arens, a former Likud Defense and Foreign Minister, has warned is turning that population into a permanent underclass of "carriers of water and hewers of wood."

    Henry Siegman: Is Israel's Legitimacy Under Challenge?

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