hard labor


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 Joveniano Ealdama was sentenced to 10 years of hard labor and then exiled from the Philippines. David Reamer, Anchorage Daily News, "The Glenn Highway is named for a war criminal who torturing captives during the Philippine-American War," 19 Oct. 2020 They were leased out to factories and plantations to do hard labor. oregonlive, "Through his life’s work, a Portland artist captures what it means to be Black in America," 15 Oct. 2020 Construction is therapeutic in many ways: the hard labor, the feel of wood and metal, the cuts and calluses, the heft and roar of power tools. Nick Heil, Outside Online, "I Missed Bars. So I Built One in My Own Backyard.," 15 Oct. 2020 In 1977, Orlov was tried and sentenced to 12 years of hard labor and exile in Siberia. Adrian Cho, Science | AAAS, "Yuri Orlov, physicist and Soviet dissident, dies," 2 Oct. 2020 After five years of torture and hard labor, Litten killed himself in Dachau. Helen Lewis, The Atlantic, "How Memes Ruined the World," 30 Sep. 2020 One was Igor Sutyagin, who was an arms control researcher at a thinktank in St. Petersburg, arrested in 1999 and given 15 years of hard labor. CBS News, "Former CIA senior Clandestine Services Officer Daniel Hoffman on pursuing the "Russian ten"," 26 Aug. 2020 Virtually all were sentenced to hard labor; most serving life without the possibility of parole. Tim Golden, ProPublica, "Inside the U.S.’s Largest Maximum-Security Prison, COVID-19 Raged. Outside, Officials Called Their Fight a Success.," 24 June 2020 Such antics are a spectacular sight for the fans but hard labor for the drivers. Tony Assenza, Car and Driver, "Tested: 1962 Aston Martin DB4GT Zagato Survives Two C/D Tests," 23 June 2020

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First Known Use of hard labor

1651, in the meaning defined above

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22 Oct 2020

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“Hard labor.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hard%20labor. Accessed 31 Oct. 2020.

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Legal Definition of hard labor

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

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