No hewer of wood or drawer of water ever earned his daily wages by a more conscientious putting forth of daily labor.
The negro has been made the hewer of wood and the drawer of water for nearly all other nations.
There was he who bore a name great from of old, Folk-wolf to wit, bearing on his shield the axe of the hewer.
He'll be our hewer of wood and drawer of water, to say nothing of washing the dishes.
Pepys died in 1703, at the house of his friend hewer, at Clapham.
I have been as a hewer of wood and a drawer of water to this movement.
Would you advise me, then, to be a hewer of wood and a drawer of water, in preference?
Does he or does he not know which he is, an Inventor, an Artist, or a hewer?
Why does a man who has been all his life a hewer of wood, that is, a wood-cutter, never come home to dinner?
But at home he was a mere Gibeonite, a hewer of wood and a drawer of water.
"cutter" (of stone or wood), mid-12c. as a surname, agent noun from hew (v.). Hwers of wood and drawers of water as the lowliest sort of physical laborers is from Joshua ix:12.
Old English heawan "to chop, hack, gash" (class VII strong verb; past tense heow, past participle heawen), earlier geheawan, from Proto-Germanic *hawwan (cf. Old Norse hoggva, Old Frisian hawa, Old Saxon hauwan, Middle Dutch hauwen, Dutch houwen, Old High German houwan, German hauen "to cut, strike, hew"), from PIE root *kau- "to hew, strike" (cf. Old Church Slavonic kovo, Lithuanian kauju "to beat, forge;" Latin cudere "to strike, beat;" Middle Irish cuad "beat, fight").
Weak past participle hewede appeared 14c., but hasn't displaced hewn. Seemingly contradictory sense of "hold fast, stick to" (in phrase hew to) developed from hew to the line "stick to a course," literally "cut evenly with an axe or saw," first recorded 1891. Related: Hewed; hewing.