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[hod-muh n] /ˈhɒd mən/
noun, plural hodmen.
Origin of hodman
First recorded in 1580-90; hod + man1 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • Day after day Steinbock came home, evidently tired, complaining of this "hodman's work" and his own physical weakness.

    Cousin Betty Honore de Balzac
  • There is no scaffolding, no hodman with bricks and mortar; the solid stone walls seem to grow up in the most hopeless confusion.

    Cities of the Dawn J. Ewing Ritchie
  • As the carpentering business was not going well he would turn day-laborer, be a mason's hodman, ditcher, break stones on the road.

  • The question of the war with England is debated by every native paviour and hodman of New York.

  • He expressed at each recurring crisis his old regret at not being some mason's hodman.

    His Masterpiece Emile Zola
  • Deal with the nostril as you will; I am but a hodman who bears the bricks, you are the heaven-born architect.

    Pearl-Maiden H. Rider Haggard
British Dictionary definitions for hodman


noun (pl) -men
(Brit) another name for a hod carrier
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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