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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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Later, at the start of the fall harvest, the Day Laborer appeared on the eastern horizon just after sunset, marking the season when hired hands climbed back to get the dates.
She knew when a child should be put to bed and when a hired hand was "gold-bricking" or really needed attention.
After watching his films--which I could do for hours--we often played music together." When Fonda scouted locations for his directorial debut feature, The Hired Hand (1971), Conner made the trip with him.
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.
So, workers (hired hands) are considered proletarian if they do not own the means of production (e.g., land) and all they have to sell is their labour.
The big rise in non-family labour in Spain can be linked to the greater volume of seasonal hired hands needed for the abundant orchard, vineyard and olive grove harvests last year.
I never had a grandfather; one was crushed in a coal mine collapse when Mom was four, and the other, after "another hopeless day on the farm," killed all his hired hands, shot Grandma, and then himself.
We have a symbiotic relationship with our critters and our hired hands which is simply...meaningful.
He or she must find a way to deal not only with elected politicians but also with appointed officials and hired hands: lobbyists.
Figure of speech in which a part represents the whole, as in the expression "hired hands" for workmen or, less commonly, the whole represents a part, as in the use of the word "society" to mean high society.
As owners, employees will expect to be treated more as partners and less as hired hands. Unless a company is willing to treat them that way, an ESOP can create more cynicism than motivation.
This book includes a vast array of characters--rich colonials, small farmers, cacao workers, exporters and their children, wives, mistresses, and hired hands. It includes folk songs and customs of the working class, as well as a close look at the habits and values of the moneyed elite.
The KC beer tent will feature Kait and the Hired Hands on Saturday, from 8 p.m.
For a former member of the Labour party, is it rather surprising thatMr Semoff did not like the idea of PFI-funded hospitals since it was a rare Tony Blair brainchild that was embraced by the other parties, for the main reason of it being an excellent buck-passing instrument with other 'fringe benefits' for the less competent Town Hall crowds and their grossly overpaid but 'do-little' hired hands.
Then, in the second helping, The lads begin work on dismantling the historic Transporter Bridge, but tension between the hired hands soon slows things down - and worries about Bomber's health add to their woes.