Definition of hewers of wood and drawers of water in English:

hewers of wood and drawers of water

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  • Menial drudges; labourers.

    • ‘Davies's workers are strong in arm and weak in brain - perpetual hewers of wood and drawers of water who cannot aspire to any higher intellectual, cultural or political activities.’
    • ‘As Brownlow put it, ‘We can never live in a Southern Confederacy, and be made hewers of wood and drawers of water for a set of aristocrats ‘- an appropriate role for slaves but not for free men.’’
    • ‘The attitude of the apartheid regime towards ‘Bantu’ education was that these people were going to be drawers of water and hewers of wood and needed little mathematics.’’
    • ‘Through these outstanding results, our learners are sending a loud and clear message that they refuse to become permanent drawers of water and hewers of wood as the architects of apartheid education had designed.’
    • ‘Instead of insisting on manufacturing the raw materials here, ‘we are being pushed back into the role of hewers of wood and drawers of water’.’
    servant, domestic servant, domestic, drudge, maid of all work
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