galley slave

galley slave
1. a person condemned to work at an oar on a galley.
2. a drudge.

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  • Galley slave — Galley Gal ley, n.; pl. {Galleys}. [OE. gale, galeie (cf. OF. galie, gal[ e]e, LL. galea, LGr. ?; of unknown origin.] 1. (Naut.) A vessel propelled by oars, whether having masts and sails or not; as: (a) A large vessel for war and national… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Galley Slave — is a term used to refer to prisoners condemned (in an obsolete form of punishment) to man the oars of a galley. Infobox Short story | name = Galley Slave author = Isaac Asimov country = United States language = English series = Robot Series genre …   Wikipedia

  • galley slave — slave forced to operate an oar on a galley, slave who rows on a galley (ancient sailing vessel propelled by oars and sails) …   English contemporary dictionary

  • Galley slave — A galley slave was a slave rowing in a galley. The expression has two distinct meanings: it can refer either to a convicted criminal sentenced to work at the oar ( French : forçat), or to a kind of human chattel, often a prisoner of war, assigned …   Wikipedia

  • galley slave — noun 1. a slave condemned to row in a galley • Hypernyms: ↑slave 2. a laborer who is obliged to do menial work • Syn: ↑drudge, ↑peon, ↑navvy • Derivationally related forms: ↑drudge …   Useful english dictionary

  • galley slave — noun A slave who rows in a galley …   Wiktionary

  • galley slave — Synonyms and related words: bargee, bargeman, barger, beast of burden, boat handler, boater, boatman, boatsman, bondmaid, bondman, bondslave, bondsman, bondswoman, captive, chattel, chattel slave, churl, concubine, debt slave, dray horse, drudge …   Moby Thesaurus

  • galley slave — /ˈgæli sleɪv/ (say galee slayv) noun 1. a person condemned to row in a galley. 2. an overworked person; drudge …  

  • galley-slave — …   Useful english dictionary

  • The Galley Slave — Infobox Film name = The Galley Slave image size = caption = director = J. Gordon Edwards producer = William Fox writer = Clara Beranger (novel) Bartley Campbell Rex Ingram narrator = starring = Theda Bara Stuart Holmes music = cinematography =… …   Wikipedia

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