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  • n. A bricklayer's or mason's laborer who carries bricks, mortar, cement and the like in a hod.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A man who carries a hod; a mason's tender.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A man who carries a hod; a hod-carrier.
  • n. A young scholar admitted from Westminster School to be student in Christ-church College in Oxford.

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

  • n. a laborer who carries supplies to masons or bricklayers


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  • And his dress, in her opinion, was enough to frighten a hodman, of a scavenger of the roads, instead of the decent suit of kersey, or of Sabbath doeskins, such as had won the respect and reverence of his fellow-townsmen.

    Lorna Doone

  • Monk Grange, the hamlet to which it geographically belonged -- a place as bleak and bare as itself, and which seemed to have been flung against the fell-foot as if a brick-layer's hodman had pitched the hovels at haphazard anyhow -- was two good miles away, and the market-town, to be got at only by crossing a dangerous moor, was nine miles off -- as far as Sherrington from North Aston.

    Lippincott's Magazine of Popular Literature and Science Volume 17, No. 102, June, 1876

  • Hugh Miller, when working as a stone-mason near Edinburgh, was served by a hodman, who was one of the numerous claimants for the earldom of Crauford -- all that was wanted to establish his claim being a missing marriage certificate; and while the work was going on, the cry resounded from the walls many times in the day, of "John, Yearl Crauford, bring us another hod o 'lime."

    How to Get on in the World A Ladder to Practical Success

  • They walk circumspectly, lest a baker, sweep, or hodman, stumbling against the coat, may deprive its wearer of what to him represents so much ready money.

    Blackwood's Edinburgh Magazine — Volume 53, No. 328, February, 1843

  • During a dust-storm everybody has the appearance of a toiling hodman.

    Khartoum Campaign, 1898 or the Re-Conquest of the Soudan

  • Fancy a one-armed and legless hodman ascending the under side of a ladder to the roof, and reflect on the conveniences of gymnastic habits.

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

  • It was my good fortune to have helped as a hodman in the study of these creatures, with a view to a Text-book we were to have written conjointly, and as I realise what he was intending to make out of the dry facts, I am filled with grief at the thought of what we must have lost.

    The Life and Letters of Thomas Henry Huxley

  • Your man _did_ come here -- drunk as Davy's sow on a frosty night -- came a-purpose to mock me -- stuck his head out of the door an 'called me a crucified hodman.

    Soldier Stories

  • Your man DID come here -- drunk as Davy's sow on a frosty night -- came a-purpose to mock me -- stuck his head out of the door an 'called me a crucified hodman.

    Life's Handicap

  • The hodman met the full storm of Constance's wrath.

    The Old Wives' Tale


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  • That sounds great! I nominate bilby to create it. (Have your people contact my people.)

    January 20, 2013

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    January 20, 2013