field hand

noun

Definition of field hand

: an outdoor farm laborer

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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 In November 1887, white vigilantes shot and killed between 30 to 60 unarmed black sugar plantation field hands, who were on strike, according to NOLA.com. NBC News, "Mass shooting in El Paso is deadliest in 2019, among worst in modern U.S. history," 4 Aug. 2019 Naomi Campbell was Scarlett O’Hara, Manolo Blahnik was a gardener or barefoot field hand, and John Galliano was a houseboy, photographed scrubbing the floor! André Leon Talley, Vogue, "André Leon Talley Remembers Karl Lagerfeld," 19 Feb. 2019 The mobs were out to break a monthlong strike by sugar plantation field hands, many of them ex-slaves, in the era following the American civil war. Washington Post, "Ground-penetrating radar in hunt for dead in racial massacre," 17 May 2018 Translation: The optics were really bad because some of the field hands got unruly. Kevin Williams, chicagotribune.com, "NFL's shortsighted anthem policy spits in the face of American ideals," 23 May 2018 Decades ago, as the mechanization of agriculture wiped out the need for field hands, many black residents migrated north for factory jobs. Author: Richard Fausset, Anchorage Daily News, "A dying town needed a miracle. Marijuana came calling.," 29 Mar. 2018 And destruction to worker housing forced many field hands to double up in available units, according to Julia Perkins of the Coalition of Immokalee Workers, a labor-rights group. Miriam Jordan, New York Times, "More Victims of the California Wildfires: Avocados and Lemons," 13 Dec. 2017 Genus was a field hand on the farm that Elma Jesup sharecrops alongside her father, Juke, and a mute black girl, 14-year-old Nan Smith. Ayana Mathis, New York Times, "A Novelist Dissects the Claustrophobic Evil of Jim Crow," 6 Oct. 2017

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1774, in the meaning defined above

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field hand

noun

English Language Learners Definition of field hand

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

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