Definition of galley slave in English:

galley slave

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  • 1A person condemned to man the oars in a galley.
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    • I'll bet John Knox never complained of it, even during his stint as a galley slave.
    • And I could do nothing but sit there like a galley slave.
    • Like the Baron's son, Pangloss received one hundred strokes to the soles of his feet and was sent to be a galley slave.
  • 1.1A person who works very hard, typically performing menial or thankless tasks: call-centre workers are the galley slaves of the twenty-first century
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    • "We worked like galley slaves to get them all sorted out."
    • The considerate husband will keep in mind that his wife is a living, throbbing human being, not merely a galley slave to do his bidding.
    • Government galley slaves were angry that they had to shell out $30.00 for the official Christmas do last night, kindly organised for them by Chief Whip Jim Lloyd.

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