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hewers of wood and drawers of water

Those who are used solely for manual labor or menial tasks at the behest of others. An allusion to a passage in the Bible (Joshua 9:21), in which the Gibeonites were condemned to servitude under the Israelites. This scholarship intends to show that, given the right tools and opportunities, the people in this region are destined to become more than hewers of wood and drawers of water. Under the dictatorship, members of the religious minority were not allowed to be anything but hewers of wood and drawers of water to the ruling class.
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hewers of wood and drawers of water

menial drudges; labourers.
This expression refers to Joshua 9:21, which tells the story of how the Israelites were tricked into sparing the lives of some of the indigenous inhabitants of the Promised Land: ‘And the princes said unto them, Let them live; but let them be hewers of wood and drawers of water unto all the congregation’.
See also: and, drawer, of, water, wood
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be confined in feeble-minded homes, but who were not strong enough to be ought else than hewers of wood and drawers of water.
I, who preached contentment with a humble lot, and justified the vocation even of hewers of wood and drawers of water in God's service--I, His ordained minister, almost rave in my restlessness.
Hewers of wood and drawers of water, such were they from now onwards.
The vast majorit ended up in the local secondary modern which qualified them for life as "hewers of wood and drawers of water".
The vast majority ended up in the local secondary modern which qualified them for life as "hewers of wood and drawers of water".
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It constructs or reinforces a narrative of those who invent and wear new and original things, and those who are hewers of wood and drawers of water, who wear what others have discarded.
Once hewers of wood and pliers of water, Canadians discovered a talent for literature, for design, for athletics, for innovation.
One teacher put it plainly as the destination for us was to be the drawers of water and hewers of wood.
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In his day, apartheid founding philosopher Hendrik Vervoerd called the nation's blacks "drawers of water and hewers of wood." Mandela proved otherwise, turning them into shareholders, directors and beneficiaries of one of the planet's most mineralized places.
If the spectre of a Mississippi version of Haiti kept planters awake at night, so too did worry over their future as simply "hewers of wood and drawers of water." The planter classes were in fact wrapped in the ultimate parochialism of their "civilization."
They were forced to learn the language of the colonial oppresser, only to be told they were only fit to be hewers of wood and drawers of water.