from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A laborer who carries bricks and mortar in a hod.


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  • If we are imbued with the spirit of the architect and not of the hod-carrier, we will hope sweetly for the work.

    The Kempton-Wace Letters

  • One of the officers thought it unavoidable that troops would abandon the “uniformity of the clean, smart, soldier, and substitute, in his stead, the look of the slovenly, undisciplined wood-hewer, sand-digger, and hod-carrier.”

    George Washington’s First War

  • In the run-up to 1984 his regime frequently included two rows – morning and evening – sandwiched between a day's work as a hod-carrier.

    Andy Holmes, a double Olympic gold medal winner, dies aged 51

  • Thus we understand that the weight of expectation led Wayne Rooney to huff his way through the World Cup like a hod-carrier from the Isthmian League.


  • Actually I think I remember a hod-carrier superhero back in a George RR Martin book.

    Reviews Too Brief: In the Loop

  • The brick-layer went on with his job, but slowly, sending his hod-carrier to fetch Long who, while not exactly a boss, had a margin more authority than the man with the brick in his hand.

    Locked Rooms

  • A hod-carrier told her that he had just seen the bird in Saint-Melaine, in Mother

    A Simple Soul

  • The hod-carrier traversing the walls of lofty buildings, and the sailor swinging on the yard-arm, are not subject to nervousness, though they smoke and chew; nor are they prone to dyspepsia, unless from excesses of another kind.

    The Atlantic Monthly, Volume 06, No. 34, August, 1860

  • They evince throughout a patient, persistent industry in investigating original documents, from the mere labor of which an Irish hod-carrier would shrink aghast, and thank the Virgin that, though born a drudge, he was not born to drudge in the bogs and morasses of unexplored domains of History; yet the genius and enthusiasm of the historian are so strong that he converts the drudgery into delight, and lives joyful, though "laborious days."

    The Atlantic Monthly, Volume 07, No. 41, March, 1861

  • Over in the A.E.F. the former hod-carrier often turned out to be too good as a construction manager for any officer to despise his opinions.

    The Story of The American Legion


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