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hewer

Definitions

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  • WordNet 3.6
    • n hewer a person who hews
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Hewer One who hews.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n hewer One who hews.
    • n hewer Specifically— In coal-mining, the miner who cuts the coal.
    • n hewer In lumbering, one who uses a heavy broadax in squaring timber.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Hewer one who hews
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Etymology

Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. héawan; Ger. hauen.

Usage

In literature:

There must, I believe, always be hewers of wood and drawers of water.
"The Beach of Dreams" by H. De Vere Stacpoole
But look, now: if I was to pay you thirty, I should have to pay all the other hewers thirty; and that's not all.
"Old Man Savarin and Other Stories" by Edward William Thomson
She had become a hewer of wood and a drawer of water.
"Madge Morton's Secret" by Amy D. V. Chalmers
He was not only a hewer of wood, but often a bearer of wood as well as of water.
"Little Tora, The Swedish Schoolmistress and Other Stories" by Mrs. Woods Baker
The roof of them is propped up as the hewer works on, till all the coal likely to fall is hewn away.
"Taking Tales" by W.H.G. Kingston
Therefore in the school I was a mere hewer of wood and drawer of water to my father.
"The Dew of Their Youth" by S. R. Crockett
He'll be our hewer of wood and drawer of water, to say nothing of washing the dishes.
"Jim Spurling, Fisherman" by Albert Walter Tolman
This subjugation was the origin of caste; the weaker became hewers of wood and drawers of water for the stronger.
"A Tour of the Missions" by Augustus Hopkins Strong
They are the hewers of wood and drawers of water of Brahmanism.
"India, Its Life and Thought" by John P. Jones
These he compelled to be his hewers of wood and drawers of water.
"Ferdinand De Soto, The Discoverer of the Mississippi" by John S. C. Abbott
The drawers of water and hewers of wood have arisen!
"The Strollers" by Frederic S. Isham
David Fraser I never saw; but as a hewer he was said considerably to excel even his brother John.
"My Schools and Schoolmasters" by Hugh Miller
Francklin sent from Windsor some skilled hewers of timber.
"Glimpses of the Past" by W. O. Raymond
Can a tree defend itself from the hewer's axe?
"The Kempton-Wace Letters" by Jack London
You'll soon be a first-class pick-hand; then a hewer; presently a surveyor, and so get higher and higher.
"The Serapion Brethren," by Ernst Theodor Wilhelm Hoffmann
But he'll never be anything but a hewer, because he doesn't want to learn.
"The Boy With the U.S. Miners" by Francis Rolt-Wheeler
While they were not the hewers of wood, women were usually the drawers of water, as in Palestine and Syria.
"Oriental Women" by Edward Bagby Pollard
They went forth, as it is said, hewers of wood and drawers of water.
"The Revival of Irish Literature" by Charles Gavan Duffy
At Greenwich preached that holy martyr, Dr. Hewer, on Psalm xc.
"The Diary of John Evelyn (Vol 1 of 2)" by John Evelyn
The people were merely hewers of wood and drawers of water.
"Harper's New Monthly Magazine, Vol. III, No. XVII, October 1851" by Various
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In poetry:

So it was ordered and so it was done,
And the hewers of wood and the Masons of Mark,
With foc'sle hands of Sidon run
And Navy Lords from the ROYAL ARK,
Came and sat down and were merry at mess
As Fellow-Craftsmen-no more and no less.
"Banquet Night" by Rudyard Kipling
We hear thy threats, Virginia! thy stormy words and high
Swell harshly on the Southern winds which melt along our sky;
Yet not one brown, hard hand foregoes its honest labor here,
No hewer of our mountain oaks suspends his axe in fear.
"Massachusetts To Virginia" by John Greenleaf Whittier
True to those who labour daily, in the mine and in the mill;
To the hardy peasant braving, Summer's heat, and Winter's chill;
To the worker at the anvil, and the hewer of the stone;
And the pale one, weaving, when the stars have left him all alone.
"An Appeal on the Potatoe Famine" by Samuel Bamford