field hand


Definition of field hand

: an outdoor farm laborer

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Recent Examples on the Web And now, so do UPS drivers, and postal workers, and agricultural field hands, and hospital orderlies, and a whole range of people whose jobs require them to continue to work with others despite the dangers and lockdowns. Peter Grier, The Christian Science Monitor, "How coronavirus will change the US, from where we live to the way we connect," 28 Apr. 2020 Her empathetic portraits of African-American field hands shine a light on a system of peonage that predated and outlasted the 1930s. New York Times, "18 Art Exhibitions (and 1 Architectural Wonder) in N.Y.C. Right Now," 12 Mar. 2020 Unlike heroin, cocaine or marijuana, the distributor explained, fentanyl didn’t require farmland, crops, sunshine, rain or field hands. Alex W. Palmer, New York Times, "The China Connection: How One D.E.A. Agent Cracked a Global Fentanyl Ring," 17 Oct. 2019 Most fans know Beckham was taped after the NCAA championship game on the field handing out what appears to be money to some LSU players. Terry Pluto, cleveland, "What should new Cleveland Browns leaders do about Odell Beckham Jr?," 16 Jan. 2020 At that time, Mexicans were largely excluded from jobs other than working as field hands. Erin Stone, azcentral, "Winter air really is worse in south, west Phoenix. Here's why," 31 Dec. 2019 By the American Civil War, nearly four million slaves in all toiled in the southern states, and about a million lived as servants in mansions and as field hands on large plantations with 50 slaves or more. Robert E. May, The Conversation, "Slave life’s harsh realities are erased in Christmas tours of Southern plantations," 12 Dec. 2019 His mother was Julia Major Dodds, the daughter of slaves, who had 10 children with her husband, Charles Dodds, before conceiving another with a field hand named Noah Johnson. New York Times, "Overlooked No More: Robert Johnson, Bluesman Whose Life Was a Riddle," 29 Sep. 2019 The journey from seed to plate is uncertain—drought, pests, predators, limited cash, too much rain, and too few field hands willing to work sticky-hot summers from sunup to sundown. Eric Velasco, al, "Follow the journey of local food from seed to plate," 13 Aug. 2019

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1774, in the meaning defined above

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“Field hand.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 4 Dec. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of field hand

US : a person who is hired to work on a farm

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