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  • n. Any work done by hand; usually implying it is unskilled or physically demanding.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. Labor done with the hands.

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

  • n. labor done with the hands


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  • The reform retreat entails hours of hard manual labor and living with a devout FLDS family, reciting scripture, and reading and studying the Doctrines and Covenants, until the offender is brought to heel and his rebellion subdued.

    Keep Sweet

  • In 1836, Donaldson Academy at Fayetteville asked State aid for the equipment of a manual labor department, a teachers 'department, and an engineering department. 10

    The Beginnings of Public Education in North Carolina; A Documentary History, 1790-1840. Vol. I

  • This, by the way, was always the difficulty in carrying out the manual labor system in our schools, and constituted the grand distinction between negro-labor and student-labor: that the negro fenced in the field and hoed up the weeds; the student hoed up the cotton and fenced in the street.

    Fifty Years Since: An Address Before the Alumni Association of the University of North Carolina

  • People who wore ruffles round their hands, and rode in their own coaches, and never performed any manual labor might be said to constitute in Oldtown our House of Lords,

    Oldtown Folks

  • Let me repeat, this optimism was because I was healthy and strong, bothered with neither aches nor weaknesses, never turned down by the boss because I did not look fit, able always to get a job at shovelling coal, sailorizing, or manual labor of some sort.


  • This last device produces an intensely brilliant far-reaching white light, but as the natural oil which it requires can only be obtained by mining in one of several widely separated and remote localities it is seldom used by these creatures whose only thought is for today, and whose hatred for manual labor has kept them in a semi-barbaric state for countless ages.

    A Princess of Mars

  • His neighbors the cattle-herding Baggara, who scorned manual labor as the province of inferior settled peoples, were almost outnumbered by their slaves.

    Three Empires on the Nile


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