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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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The constant weight of a crash helmet, .38 revolver and the ubiquitous "Mae West" with myriad ornaments pulled on our necks and shoulders like yokes on beasts of burden. Headaches came with the territory--the roar of the nearly 3,000-horsepower engine and its accompanying vibration took a toll.
Jones' nurse." "One of the girls will help you." Nurses who describe themselves as appendages of the physician, self-sacrificing beasts of burden, or otherwise diminish the importance of professional nursing care present a distorted picture of nurses to the public.
As the Machu Picchu Porters' Syndicate states: "We are victims of manipulation; of being contracted as beasts of burden."
Fortunately for seaside beasts of burden, Intromark Incorporated, Pittsburgh, Pa., has an ingenious solution to help ease the load.
ARSENE WENGER has joined Sven Goran Eriksson in condemning the gruelling work-load that sees England's top players treated like beasts of burden.
"The word 'mule' is very apt to describe these pathetic women, because, to the evil men who ask them to do the dirty work, they are just expendable beasts of burden, cheap and plentiful."
The fauna is strange indeed--predatory warlags, glacier worms that hunt hibernating creatures, and six-legged gnus used as beasts of burden. The group is pursued by slavers, soldiers, and non-human trackers.
In brief, the authors offer a "beast of burden" paradigm for educational funding, with the upper middle class selected as the beasts of burden.
As most forests have disappeared, there is little demand for them as beasts of burden.
Challenging the notion that Cherokee women were little more than beasts of burden, she stresses the trials of both farming and hunting, as well as the power and status women gained from their role as primary food providers.
Beasts of burden to transport goods and oxen to plough fields are shown as the basic sources of the exosomatic energy used by the people of Siena in the 16th century.
brought up in honour and in wealth, that nobles, men and women, have bent their proud and haughty necks to the harness of carts, and that, like beasts of burden, they have dragged to the abode of Christ these wag gons, loaded with wines, grains, oil, stone, wood, and all that is necessary for the wants of life, or for the construction of the church?
These beasts of burden then served as the founding population for modern cattle breeds throughout the world, the predominant theory holds.
Perhaps of most interest to readers of the American Indian Quarterly are his short pieces on "The Forgotten Dog" which helps us appreciate the popularity among Indians of these animals as "pets, beasts of burden, and a back-up food supply." They were also employed in hunting, as watch dogs guarding against surprise attack and as foot warmers.
It seems that after the Louisiana Purchase it was suggested that camels would make good beasts of burden to develop this wilderness, but good sense prevailed in that such talk was considered a pipe dream.