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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“Beast of burden.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 Jan. 2021.

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: an animal that people use to carry heavy things

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