beast of burden

noun phrase

Definition of beast of burden

: an animal employed to carry heavy loads or to perform other heavy work (such as pulling a plow)

First Known Use of beast of burden

1740, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of beast of burden

: an animal that people use to carry heavy things

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