ditchdigger

ditchdigger

(ˈdɪtʃˌdɪɡə)
n
1. (Professions) a person employed to dig ditches
2. (Professions) a person employed to undertake toilsome physical tasks
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Study hard in school, teachers would say to John Kalkhoven, or you'll end up a ditchdigger.
The occupation that has highly risk leptospirosis among other is farmers, veterinary, miners, a ditchdigger workers, soldiers, fishers, laboratory workers.
Throughout the scene, Zeynab's face is ensconced in shadow, and Behzad unabashedly and crudely exhorts Zeynab to reveal herself to him so that he can see Yusufs--the ditchdigger's--taste in women.
A former ditchdigger with a bushy mustache evoking a bizarro-world Burt Reynolds, Rehberg served a term as lieutenant governor in the 1990s before launching a failed Senate bid in 1996.
Sting is the milkman's son from Wallsend, North Tyneside, a ditchdigger who went on to become one of pop's wealthiest stars.
In 1944, when he was already sixty-seven years old, the insidious Organisation Todt ("Vernichtung durch Arbeit") drafted him into enforced labor as a ditchdigger in Alsace, but he survived the armed SA guards, the exhausting toil, and the rampant disease, and he lived another twenty-five years.
In a barbershop quartet, a ditchdigger can stand between a doctor and a lawyer or a bail bondsman, and all the differences in their lives melt away in the swell of the crescendo.
Why am I not a ditchdigger? Why don't I plow fields?
Today, a successful politician is skillful at "talking down," colloquializing his language, striking the pose that he talks neither better nor worse than a ditchdigger. McWhorter cites the example of Al Gore's failure as a campaigner--largely because he spoke so well that the public distrusted him.
This will save you from becoming a ditchdigger [sic] or a drayman" (1991, 58-9, italics original).
The challenges surrounding the Thornton sisters' struggle to obtain higher education were detailed in the physician's Pulitzer Prize-nominated book, The Ditchdigger's Daughters: A Black Family's Astounding Success Story (Plume, $12.95), which was also made into a movie.
Mitchum claimed to have worked as a ditchdigger, songwriter, coal miner, deckhand, songwriter coal astrologer Carroll Richter, and pro boxer, lasting 27 fights.