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manual labor
work that is done with the hands, physical labor

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Manual labour
Manual labour (manual labor in American English) or manual work is physical work done by people, most especially in contrast to that done by machines, and also to that done by working animals. It is most literally work done with the hands (the word "manual" comes from the ), and, by figurative extension, it is work done with any of the muscles and bones of the body. For most of human prehistory and history, manual labour and its close cousin, animal labour, have been the primary ways that physical work has been accomplished. Mechanisation and automation, which reduce the need for human and animal labour in production, have existed for centuries, but it was only starting in the 19th century that they began to significantly expand and to change human culture. To be implemented, they require that sufficient technology exist and that its capital costs be justified by the amount of future wages that they will .

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WordNet 2.0 Dictionary

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manual labor

Noun
1. labor done with the hands
(synonym) manual labour
(hypernym) labor, labour, toil
(hyponym) application, coating, covering


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manual labor
Synonyms and related words:
dirty work, donkeywork, drudgery, employment, fag, fatigue, grind, handiwork, handwork, industry, labor, lick, lick of work, moil, rat race, scut work, slavery, spadework, stroke, stroke of work, sweat, task, tiresome work, toil, travail, treadmill, work
  

Source: Moby Thesaurus, which is part of the Moby Project created by Grady Ward. In 1996 Grady Ward placed this thesaurus in the public domain.

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manual labor
manuelt arbejde, fysisk arbejde


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