beast of burden

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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
References in classic literature ?
The laborers with us, the peasants, bear all the burden of labor, and are so placed that however much they work they can't escape from their position of beasts of burden. All the profits of labor, on which they might improve their position, and gain leisure for themselves, and after that education, all the surplus values are taken from them by the capitalists.
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. Major Effingham has many noble chargers, but I have never seen one travel after such a sidling gait."
There are very few valleys which lead to the central ranges, and the mountains are quite impassable in other parts by beasts of burden. The custom-house officers were very civil, which was perhaps partly owing to the passport which the President of the Republic had given me; but I must express my admiration at the natural politeness of almost every Chileno.
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.
Nor has such an opportunity for a display of missionary rhetoric been allowed to pass by unimproved!--But when these philanthropists send us such glowing accounts of one half of their labours, why does their modesty restrain them from publishing the other half of the good they have wrought?--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. But so it is.
Donkeys and mules are often exploited in many Indian industries, where they are used as beasts of burden in harsh conditions.
They sure will look, act and work differently than some beasts of burden I come across everyday.
According to the report, Pakistan has turned out to be the third largest country with the population of beasts of burden.
1, p 50), 'Under the dogra rule, the Kashmiri were treated no better than beasts of burden. Instead of donkeys and horses, Kashmiri Muslims were used to transport goods across Gilgit, Leh and Skardu.
Where 'beasts of burden' have been replaced by combined harvesters/tractors etc controlled by GPS/artificial intelligence, given the internet - with its Dark Web - and mobile phones, what 'beasts' might humans become?
Images of these furry, adorable beasts of burden beaten and bloodied were heart-wrenching.