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    • ‘The new rules will remove outdated references to penal servitude and imprisonment with hard labour.’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