Definition of hard labour noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary


hard labour

BrE BrE//ˌhɑːd ˈleɪbə(r)//
; NAmE NAmE//ˌhɑːrd ˈleɪbər//
(especially US English hard labor) [uncountable] Prison
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punishment in prison that involves a lot of very hard physical work He was sentenced to ten years’ hard labour. See related entries: Prison