galley slave


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galley slave

n.
1. A slave or convict forced to ply an oar of a galley.
2. A person assigned to perform tedious or menial tasks; a drudge.

galley slave

n
1. (Nautical Terms) a criminal or slave condemned to row in a galley
2. informal a drudge
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.galley slave - a slave condemned to row in a galleygalley slave - a slave condemned to row in a galley
slave - a person who is owned by someone
2.galley slave - a laborer who is obliged to do menial workgalley slave - a laborer who is obliged to do menial work
laborer, labourer, manual laborer, jack - someone who works with their hands; someone engaged in manual labor
Translations

galley slave

galley slave

ngaleotto (fam) (drudge) → schiavo/a
References in classic literature ?
Gurapas are galleys," answered the galley slave, who was a young man of about four-and-twenty, and said he was a native of Piedrahita.
Yes, sir," answered the galley slave, "for there is nothing worse than singing under suffering.
That," said the galley slave, "is like a man having money at sea when he is dying of hunger and has no way of buying what he wants; I say so because if at the right time I had had those twenty ducats that your worship now offers me, I would have greased the notary's pen and freshened up the attorney's wit with them, so that to-day I should be in the middle of the plaza of the Zocodover at Toledo, and not on this road coupled like a greyhound.
Just so," replied the galley slave, "and the offence for which they gave him that punishment was having been an ear-broker, nay body-broker; I mean, in short, that this gentleman goes as a pimp, and for having besides a certain touch of the sorcerer about him.
Gently, senor commissary," said the galley slave at this, "let us have no fixing of names or surnames; my name is Gines, not Ginesillo, and my family name is Pasamonte, not Parapilla as you say; let each one mind his own business, and he will be doing enough.
It is easy to see," returned the galley slave, "that man goes as God pleases, but some one shall know some day whether I am called Ginesillo de Parapilla or not.
That is a chain of galley slaves, on the way to the galleys by force of the king's orders.
The chain of galley slaves had by this time come up, and Don Quixote in very courteous language asked those who were in custody of it to be good enough to tell him the reason or reasons for which they were conducting these people in this manner.
He paid a thousand livres down, and deposited the three thousand with a Burgomaster, after which he brought on board without their being seen, the ten men who formed his land army; and with the rising tide, at three o'clock in the morning, he got into the open sea, maneuvering ostensibly with the four others, and depending upon the science of his galley slave as upon that of the first pilot of the port.
Of course, Demi tyrannized over Daisy, and gallantly defended her from every other aggressor, while Daisy made a galley slave of herself, and adored her brother as the one perfect being in the world.
Robert later declared, probably with some bitter exaggeration, that his life had combined 'the cheerless gloom of a hermit with the unceasing moil of a galley slave.
Having worked at Jarndyce and Jarndyce like a galley slave, I have slaked my thirst for the law and satisfied myself that I shouldn't like it.