hard labor

noun

Definition of hard labor

: compulsory labor of imprisoned criminals as a part of the prison discipline

Examples of hard labor in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Fenster, who was sentenced last week to 11 years of hard labor, was handed over Monday to former U.S. diplomat Bill Richardson, who helped negotiate the release. The Associated. Press, Arkansas Online, 17 Nov. 2021 Fenster, who was sentenced last week to 11 years of hard labor, was handed over Monday to former U.S. diplomat Bill Richardson, who helped negotiate the release. NBC News, 17 Nov. 2021 Fenster, the managing editor of the online magazine Frontier Myanmar, was sentenced to 11 years of hard labor Friday. Miriam Marini, Detroit Free Press, 16 Nov. 2021 After being convicted for trespassing, nine of the men chose 30 days of hard labor on a chain gang instead of paying the $100 bail bond. Claire Thornton, USA TODAY, 3 Nov. 2021 Solzhenitsyn was given eight years hard labor in 1945 for privately criticizing Stalin, then three years in exile in Kazakhstan, a Soviet republic at the time. Washington Post, 28 Oct. 2021 The environment was difficult for Chinese immigrants, who often worked for sub-standard wages in industries like food service, laundry and other forms of hard labor, Huang said. NBC News, 22 Oct. 2021 Dostoyevsky does four years of hard labor in the Omsk prison camp, and another five as a soldier in the Siberian army. James Parker, The Atlantic, 19 Oct. 2021 The initial death sentence was commuted to three years of hard labor. Jesse Leavenworth, courant.com, 13 Oct. 2021

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First Known Use of hard labor

1651, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of hard labor was in 1651

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hard labor

noun

Legal Definition of hard labor

: compulsory labor imposed upon prisoners as part of a sentence or as prison discipline

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