One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1A builder's V-shaped open trough on a pole, used for carrying bricks and other building materials.
- ‘In single file each shouldering his hod pass onward the laborers;’
- ‘A year later Jones left school with no qualifications and drifted into washing pots and pans, hod carrying, and boozing.’
- ‘I've never felt out of place, having picked up a trowel or carried a hod for a living.’
- ‘It was like dropping an entire hod of bricks that you've been carrying with you over your shoulder everywhere since you were born.’
- ‘Anything just so I don't have to go back on the hod and trowel again!’
- 1.1 A coal scuttle.
- ‘The pattern is similar to one pictured on a coal hod in the Mersereau catalogue and referred to as the ‘Japanese pattern.’’
- ‘Take care of your ash with a coal hod, ash bucket and coal shovel.’
- ‘Relive the colonial past of America with a brass coal hod.’
Late 16th century: variant of northern English dialect hot ‘a basket for carrying earth’, from Old French hotte ‘pannier’, probably of Germanic origin.
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