hard labor


compulsory labor imposed upon criminals in addition to imprisonment, generally not exceeding ordinary labor in severity or amount.

Origin of hard labor

First recorded in 1850–55
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Examples from the Web for hard labor

  • He could see nothing; the sounds came from one of the hard-labor cells.

  • Again a command was heard, and the hard-labor convicts, in pairs, began to pour out.

    The Awakening|Leo Nikoleyevich Tolstoy