One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A bricklayer's labourer.‘are hoddies more prone to injury than masons?’
- ‘Usually the hoddies would start half an hour earlier in the morning so that when we arrived the scaffolding was loaded with bricks and mortar.’
- ‘One of the other hoddies was here from our gang already.’
- ‘Hoddies carry mortar and bricks to the mason.’
- ‘He was a bricklayer and I was his hoddie.’
- ‘I've seen some of the hoddies drink from the water butts before.’
Early 20th century: from hod + -ie.
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