• synonyms

hard labour

  1. criminal law (formerly) the penalty of compulsory physical labour imposed in addition to a sentence of imprisonment: abolished in England in 1948
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Historical Examples

  • Hard-labour prisoners may receive a gratuity of one shilling a month if their conduct and work have been satisfactory.

    The Criminal & the Community

    James Devon

  • Here the tread-wheel was in use, there cellular cranks, or hard-labour machines.