beast of burden

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beast of burden

A domesticated animal used by humans to carry or pull heavy loads. Camels have been used by people as beasts of burden for thousands of years because of their size, strength, and ability to travel long distances with minimal need for food and water.
See also: beast, burden, of
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Israel unveiled a beast of burden to help soldiers and it expects lots of buyers.
The mule (horse/donkey mix) has been a beast of burden for centuries.
Like Odysseus in Homer's Odyssey, who saves his men from a life as beasts, a network storage controller can relieve a storage administrator's tasks as a beast of burden.
Black skin had become linked with slavery and with the worst manual labor, and hence to be black was to be more like a beast of burden than a thinking human being, fit for freedom and citizenship.
Changed into a llama by a scheming advisor who had meant to poison him, the young emperor becomes a beast of burden for the very peasants he has long ignored and abused, and must eat some humble pie before he finds the potion (and the compassion) that will let him become a good ruler.
At times she seems more animal-like than human with the loyal dedication of a domestic pet and the stamina of a beast of burden.