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hired hand

One who is hired specifically to work on or help with something. Although often associated with farm work, the phrase can be used more broadly. With a few more hired hands, I think we could get this job done by the end of the week. I need a hired hand to help with the cows.
See also: hand, hire

hired hand

Also, hired man or girl . A person engaged to assist with farm or domestic chores, as in We need extra hired hands during the harvest, or She was looking for a hired girl to do the laundry. This use of hired dates from the 1200s and referred to someone employed for wages as opposed to a slave or serf. The use of girl now may be offensive.
See also: hand, hire
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Well received in Europe and Great Britain, The Hired Hand lasted only two weeks on screens in the US before disappearing for thirty years.
He directed his first film, "The Hired Hand," in 1971 -- a critically acclaimed western in which he also starred.
Apparently Darren has left his Uncle Tormey's Tonawanda farm to work as a hired hand for the summer at Ruth's spread.
In a broad hint dropped by the local sheriff (pity William Prael in this strictly functional role), this love-starved but unstable young man may well be the homicidal hired hand known to be prowling this godforsaken farm country, robbing and murdering the ranch owners who give him a job.
In a narrative about finding hope and dignity in the small cracks, Danny Glover and John Malkovich are excellent as a hired hand and blind boarder who help Field to find a fresh footing and a new, richer sense of herself.
At twilight one evening, however, she slipped out and slit her throat before a hired hand, who had seen her and followed her, could prevent it.
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Subsequently, as a Hollywood hired hand, Heller contributed to the desecration of New Frontier icons James Bond (Casino Royale, 1967) and Frank Sinatra (Dirty Dingus Magee, 1970) even as Hollywood tried to bring forth its version of Catch-22.
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The few high points include 1971 Western The Hired Hand, which he directed and starred in, and an Oscar nomination for 1997's Ulee's Gold; he lost out to old pal Jack Nicholson, who won for As Good As It Gets.
He was not the organiser, he was a hired hand, and he has now found himself the only one of the four in the dock.
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The electorate deserves the truth about his hired hand when there appears to be a serious conflict of interest.