from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A paid employee, especially on a farm or ranch.
- n. Informal A paid employee.
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- n. A person who is employed to perform routine chores and manual labor, especially on a farm or ranch.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a hired laborer on a farm or ranch
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"But it don't matter who's Pres'dent - Seward, Breckenridge, Douglas, or Jake the hired hand - after the 'lection, comes the crisis, Mistuh Comber."
Page 88 in a lady named Mabel Jones West who was sort of hired hand for the writer Ku Klux Klan, I think.
The only if was who got to him first: some religious bampot avenging the murder of a priest, or the hired hand of whoever set him up, in accordance with the second rule of assassination.
Maudrayne said coldly, “A man such as Ansel Pikan is not a hired hand nor a common doctor to be ordered about like a servant.