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galley slave

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noun
a person condemned to work at an oar on a galley.
a drudge.
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Origin of galley slave

First recorded in 1560–70
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British Dictionary definitions for galley slave

galley slave

noun
a criminal or slave condemned to row in a galley
informal a drudge
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