Definition of hard labour in English:

hard labour


mass noun
  • Heavy manual work as a punishment.

    ‘he was sentenced to eighteen months' imprisonment with hard labour’
    • ‘He was sentenced to fifteen years' imprisonment with hard labour and ten strokes of the tamarind birch.’
    • ‘The new rules will remove outdated references to penal servitude and imprisonment with hard labour.’
    • ‘The punishment is one years hard labour in an Alabama jail.’
    • ‘He spent nearly three years in prison, sometimes in solitary confinement, sometimes doing hard labour.’
    • ‘If found guilty they should face the death penalty, in those countries which have it, or life imprisonment with hard labour elsewhere.’
    • ‘But after two years hard labour and solitary confinement at the foot of the Third Division, Todd clings to the belief that the parole date is looming.’
    • ‘However, 23 were sentenced to prison terms, including hard labour for between one and five years.’
    • ‘Soon we shall be asked, perhaps, to respond to a referendum suggesting the return of hard labour in our prisons.’
    • ‘Max Stuart's death penalty was later commuted to many years of hard labor in Yatala prison.’
    • ‘They may be classified in a number of categories descending from ‘free exile’ to penal sentences with hard labour.’
    • ‘His punishment includes hard labor in the field and mortality.’
    • ‘Xhemil Tamani spent five years in prison doing hard labor.’
    • ‘Men who failed to enlist, to attend a medical examination, or to serve in the armed services faced a maximum penalty of six months' imprisonment with hard labour.’
    • ‘Hannah received no punishment and Rachael received two years hard labor in Mount Pleasant prison.’
    • ‘Publicly reviled, convicted of sodomy, he was sentenced to two years' hard labour in Reading gaol.’
    • ‘Given an outstanding sentence for twenty-two years of hard labor, he's not been back.’
    • ‘He was sentenced to life imprisonment with hard labour.’
    • ‘Sentenced to hard labor, most of Angola's lifers work in the fields abutting the Mississippi.’
    • ‘The governor recommended that prisoners who could not be sentenced to hard labor should be paroled.’
    • ‘Max Stuart spent more than 15 years in Yatala prison with hard labor after his sentence was commuted to life imprisonment.’
    preliminary work, preparations, planning, groundwork, foundations, homework, preliminaries, provision, preparatory measures
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