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hard labour

noun
1.
(criminal law) (formerly) the penalty of compulsory physical labour imposed in addition to a sentence of imprisonment: abolished in England in 1948
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  • I am a man that is at hard labour of one kind or another from sunrise to sunset.

  • It was hard labour, but at length the task was accomplished.

    The Field of Ice Jules Verne
  • They have been purchased at the price of much hunger, hard labour, and want of rest.

    Barnaby Rudge Charles Dickens
  • The hard labour of rowing did me good, and made me forget all but the biggest of my troubles.

    Sir Ludar Talbot Baines Reed
  • And how is it that I, your brother, am sending you to hard labour?

  • A prison for convicts condemned to hard labour, and women flogged.

  • She was not naturally "wise," in the slang sense, but gained what she gained by hard labour.

    An Anarchist Woman Hutchins Hapgood
  • Why don't the English invent a machine for this sort of hard labour?

    The Day of Wrath Maurus Jkai
  • Labour is sweet, sir: but not hard labour in the dungeons of a Bridewell.

    What Will He Do With It, Complete Edward Bulwer-Lytton
  • Six weeks hard labour, and then four years in a reformatory.

    Quicksilver George Manville Fenn

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