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beast of burden

n. pl. beasts of burden
An animal, such as a donkey, ox, or elephant, used for transporting loads or doing other heavy work.

beast of burden

n
an animal, such as a donkey or ox, used for carrying loads

beast′ of bur′den


n.
an animal used for carrying heavy loads or pulling heavy equipment, as a donkey, mule, or ox.
[1795–1805]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.beast of burden - an animal such as a donkey or ox or elephant used for transporting loads or doing other heavy workbeast of burden - an animal such as a donkey or ox or elephant used for transporting loads or doing other heavy work
work animal - an animal trained for and used for heavy labor
pack animal, sumpter - an animal (such as a mule or burro or horse) used to carry loads
Translations
بهيمة
soumar
juhtakantojuhtakuormajuhta
lastdier
burro de carga
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And society's so constituted that the harder they work, the greater the profit of the merchants and landowners, while they stay beasts of burden to the end.
Since our departure from Zanzibar, half our beasts of burden would have died with fatigue.
It may be--it may be," said Hawkeye, who had listened with singular attention to this explanation; "though I am a man who has the full blood of the whites, my judgment in deer and beaver is greater than in beasts of burden.
There are very few valleys which lead to the central ranges, and the mountains are quite impassable in other parts by beasts of burden.
have put animals to their best use, for they are all beasts of burden, in a sense, made to carry some portion of our thoughts.
Not until I visited Honolulu was I aware of the fact that the small remnant of the natives had been civilized into drought-horses; and evangelized into beasts of burden.
As soon, however, as he found himself among the beasts of burden, his gratification was extreme, and it was with difficulty that he restrained the customary ejaculations of pleasure that were more than once on the point of bursting from his lips.
They are beasts of burden too, loading goods or household items to shift or move them from one place to another.
Once a fixture of Cypriot households, the creatures turned from beasts of burden to beasts of boredom as they were gradually replaced by tractors in the 1960s and 1970s.
For some 5,000 years, humans have been using them as strong, reliable beasts of burden.
In India, Burma and the other lands in Southeast Asia, people have been using Indian elephants as beasts of burden for thousands of years.
As long as there have been boats and beasts of burden, intrepid business professionals, governments, and marauders have sought fame, fortune, wealth, and value by going global.