sandhog

noun sand·hog \ ˈsand-ˌhȯg , -ˌhäg \
|Updated on: 12 Jun 2018

Definition of sandhog

: a laborer who works in underwater or underground excavation and construction (such as in the building of tunnels or bridge foundations)
  • Danger is part of the job for the tunnel workers, known as sandhogs, who work beneath New York's streets.
  • —Ian Fisher
  • They were all part of the fraternity of sandhogs, a rare breed of tunnel digger whose name comes from the workers who excavated the soft earth under the Brooklyn Bridge in the eighteen-seventies.
  • —David Grann

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1897

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