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hired hand

a hired laborer, especially on a farm or ranch; farm hand or ranch hand.
an employee.
Origin of hired hand
An Americanism dating back to 1810-20 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • For a time the young man was engaged as a hired hand upon a farm.

    The Ashtabula Disaster Stephen D. Peet
  • For eight years Joe had worked as a hired hand for other farmers.

    The Lost Wagon James Arthur Kjelgaard
  • It had been maddening, as a hired hand, to be able to feel and touch this magic, and not to have it for his own.

    The Lost Wagon James Arthur Kjelgaard
  • He often worked for me as a hired hand at the same time that I was his deputy.

    Theodore Roosevelt Theodore Roosevelt
  • Most every farmer's hired hand raised from two to five children.

    Frying Pan Farm Elizabeth Brown Pryor
  • A man, whom she recognized as a hired hand from a ranch in the neighbourhood, stood in the entrance with a packet in his hand.

    The Greater Power Harold Bindloss
  • You will go down to town and take charge of the Shirley House at once, or go to work as a hired hand here.

    Winning the Wilderness Margaret Hill McCarter
  • In the employment of the fur companies the trappers are of two kinds, called the "hired hand," and the "free trapper."

    Daniel Boone John S. C. Abbott
  • Harkey's hired hand went home with Dade Walker who considered that walk the pleasant finish to a very interesting day's work.

Idioms and Phrases with hired hand

hired hand

Also,hired man or girl. A person engaged to assist with farm or domestic chores, as in We need extra hired hands during the harvest, or She was looking for a hired girl to do the laundry. This use of hired dates from the 1200s and referred to someone employed for wages as opposed to a slave or serf. The use of girl now may be offensive.
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