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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.
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While many do use the camel as a beast of burden, or for its milk and meat, the most prized camels are those that enter the traditional Arabian camel races that are held not just in Oman, but across the region.
His sad predicament as a beast of burden parallels the life of his first human owner, Marie, who, like Balthazar suffers the sins of man.
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.
For those tired of feeling like a beast of burden when heading out to the beach or picnic, there's the Dunebuggy from Lifestyle Fascination, Lakewood, NJ Small enough to fit into any trunk easily, this comfy yet sturdy marvel unfolds from a lounge chair into a cart that effortlessly rolls up to 75 pounds of food, drink, clothes, etc., to where one is sitting.
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. There are four elements of a network storage controller that are necessary for this success;
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.
Imagine Robinson Crusoe waking to find that he's a beast of burden on Animal Farm, and you've got the general idea.
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. The texts featuring the perle tend to deny the reality of class.