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hard labor

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  1. compulsory labor imposed upon criminals in addition to imprisonment, generally not exceeding ordinary labor in severity or amount.
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Origin of hard labor

First recorded in 1850–55
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Historical Examples

  • He could see nothing; the sounds came from one of the hard-labor cells.

    It Is Never Too Late to Mend

    Charles Reade

  • Again a command was heard, and the hard-labor convicts, in pairs, began to pour out.

    The Awakening

    Leo Nikoleyevich Tolstoy