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galley slave

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n galley slave a laborer who is obliged to do menial work
    • n galley slave a slave condemned to row in a galley
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Galley slave a person condemned, often as a punishment for crime, to work at the oar on board a galley.
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Quotations

  • St. Francis De Sales
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    “There are no galley-slaves in the royal vessel of divine love -- every man works his oar voluntarily!”

Usage

In literature:

I wasn't planning to be turned into a galley slave during hot weather.
"Walter and the Wireless" by Sara Ware Bassett
Here's Ellery, now, who works like a galley slave and looks as fresh as the proverbial daisy.
"Jewel Weed" by Alice Ames Winter
I have worked like a galley slave at it, but I haven't kept the books, and I don't know how things have gone so badly.
"Miss Mackenzie" by Anthony Trollope
Would a freed convict sneak back to his prison house or the ex-galley slave to his oar?
"The Return of Peter Grimm" by David Belasco
Could a navy of heroes be made of galley slaves!
"America First" by Various
With brutal insult, they chained him to the oar as a galley-slave.
"The Atlantic Monthly, Volume 14, No. 85, November, 1864" by Various
The Venetian soldiers were sent on board the Turkish galleys and chained to their oars as slaves.
"Famous Sea Fights" by John Richard Hale
We work like galley-slaves, Aunt Celia and I, finding out about trains and things.
"A Cathedral Courtship" by Kate Douglas Wiggin
The five galley-slaves were taken back to their cell for that night.
"Sea-Dogs All!" by Tom Bevan
They're working like galley-slaves to keep it under, but we make no headway at all.
"Fifty-Two Stories For Girls" by Various
An ordinance of 1635 condemned all men engaged in what we now call the white slave trade to the galleys for life.
"Fighting the Traffic in Young Girls" by Various
Steve went to work like a galley slave upon his spare days, and dug, and raked, and planted.
"The Gentle Art of Cooking Wives" by Elizabeth Strong Worthington
GALLEY-SLAVES FOR THE FAITH.
"The Huguenots in France" by Samuel Smiles
Six months back home, toiling like a galley slave, furnished requisite funds for another fling at New York.
"If You Don't Write Fiction" by Charles Phelps Cushing
They treated us worse than Galley Slaves.
"The Strange Adventures of Captain Dangerous, Vol. 2 of 3" by George Augustus Sala
Perhaps, perhaps you were the master of a galley in ancient Rome and I was a slave at the oar.
"The Trembling of a Leaf" by William Somerset Maugham
Thus the galley slaves of old laboured at their oars and the builders of the pyramids beneath their loads, all moving like one man.
"The Pools of Silence" by H. de Vere Stacpoole
A few were sent to the galleys as slaves.
"Famous Privateersmen and Adventurers of the Sea" by Charles H. L. Johnston
All the captives were not, however, turned into galley slaves.
"The True Story Book"
My charter of nobility was immediately taken from me, and I was sent to the galleys as a slave.
"Niels Klim's journey under the ground" by Baron Ludvig Holberg
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In poetry:

Kings, from Indus, and Araxes,
Ister, and the Boreal axes,
Horsed his chariot to the waves,
Then embarked, his galley-slaves.
"Lita of the Nile" by Richard Doddridge Blackmore
I envy him the rugged prance
By which his freezing feet he warms,
And drag my lady's chains and dance,
The galley-slave of dreary forms.
"Without And Withiin" by James Russell Lowell
I am thy slave then; let me know,
Hard master! the great task I have to do:
Who pride and scorn do undergo.
In tempests and rough seas thy galleys row;
They pant, and groan, and sigh; but find
Their sighs increase the angry wind.
"The Thraldom" by Abraham Cowley
My master and the neighbours all
Make game of me and Sally, And, but for her, I'd better be
A slave and row a galley; But when my seven long years are out,
O, then I'll marry Sally; O, then we'll wed, and then we'll bed—
But not in our alley!
"Sally In Our Alley" by Henry Carey
Nor where upon the Tiber floats Aglae in galley gay,
'Neath Asian tent of brilliant stripes, in gorgeous array;
Nor when to lutes and tambourines the wealthy prefect flings
A score of slaves, their fetters wreathed, to feed grim, greedy
things.
"Nero’s Incendiary Song" by Victor Marie Hugo

In news:

Russia's Putin: ' Galley slave' or Persian Gulf monarch.
Vladimir Putin once compared ruling Russia to being a ' galley slave,' but a new pamphlet critical of his state-owned wealth compares him to a Persian Gulf monarch.
Russia's Putin: ' Galley slave ' or Persian Gulf monarch.
Vladimir Putin once compared ruling Russia to being a ' galley slave, ' but a new pamphlet critical of his state-owned wealth compares him to a Persian Gulf monarch.
Russia's Putin: 'Galley slave' or Persian Gulf monarch.
Vladimir Putin once compared ruling Russia to being a 'galley slave,' but a new pamphlet critical of his state-owned wealth compares him to a Persian Gulf monarch.
Russia's Putin lives like a 'galley slave' with jets, yachts, limos, report says.
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