field hand


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field hand

n.
An outdoor worker on a farm.

field′ hand`


n.
an outdoor worker on a farm or plantation.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.field hand - a hired hand on a farmfield hand - a hired hand on a farm    
dairymaid, milkmaid - a woman who works in a dairy
dairyman - a man who works in a dairy
farmerette - a woman working on a farm
gleaner - someone who picks up grain left in the field by the harvesters
harvester, reaper - someone who helps to gather the harvest
hired hand, hired man, hand - a hired laborer on a farm or ranch; "the hired hand fixed the railing"; "a ranch hand"
picker - someone who gathers crops or fruits etc.
ploughman, plower, plowman - a man who plows
waterer - someone who waters plants or crops
weeder - a farmhand hired to remove weeds
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She was a field hand, and a whipping is the penalty of not being in the field at sunrise, unless a slave has special permission from his or her master to the con- trary--a permission which they seldom get, and one that gives to him that gives it the proud name of being a kind master.
None of the field hands working in the field to which Williamson was going had seen him at all, and the most rigorous search of the entire plantation and adjoining country failed to supply a clew.
Under the high hanging shelves supporting great sides of bacon overhead, her body was busy by the great fireplace, attentive to the pot swinging on iron gallows, scrubbing the long table where the field hands would sit down directly to their evening meal.
Mekhi Phifer stars as Jefferson, a young field hand who accepts a ride from a pair of locals only to see his life ruined in an instant.
He attributes his desire to purchase Mingo, a young African man of about twenty, to his need for "a field hand, a help mate -- a friend" (3).
Her mother, who had been a revered doctor in her native land, for example, is unable to practice medicine in America, having to labor as a field hand harvesting tomatoes or working in the laundry instead.
Figures such as Zip Coon, the city slicker, and Jim Crow, the field hand, provided commercial entertainment for Americans and prepared their audience for blacking up: the imitation of African song, dance, and mannerisms.
Pete is bereft at the death of his father, and later at the disappearance of Isaac Reynolds, a field hand who works for his family.
From the eastern coast of Virginia to the farthest reaches of the US frontier, from house slave to field hand to surgeon's assistant, from boy to man, from young love to family life, from enslavement to freedom, "Speak Right On" is an epic story of dignity and determination.
Abu Daooh worked as a brick maker and field hand, and then when her health worsened took up shoe shining.
Within the Funk, a field hand howls With parched tongue, Black spells
For some 12 years Northrop labored as a field hand, occasionally performing music for his masters.