beast of burden

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an animal such as a donkey or ox or elephant used for transporting loads or doing other heavy work

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Usually, beasts of burden were paired in a double yoke so they could combine their efforts at plowing.
Those at the top of society are like slow-moving bovine beasts of burden whilst anyone with vigour, imagination or the skills to succeed struggles on patchedup roads, hampered by every obstacle of inertia or bureaucracy.
As a former teacher, occasional school volunteer and reader of education commentaries, I can't help noting that teachers are increasingly treated as beasts of burden, loaded down with paperwork, large classes, and unreasonable expectations around standardized tests that they have had no part in preparing, tests that ignore that economic disparities are the main predictors of results.
Many of these paths have historic connections with beasts of burden such as Chico "It's not like I'm with a llama or an elephant who have no connection with Wales," she said.
Unlike llamas, alpacas were not bred to be beasts of burden, but were bred specifically for their wool.
No longer are mules thought of as mere beasts of burden but are indeed becoming a fashionable riding mount in the equestrian world.
The publication details the ways in which animals have been used as messengers, for detection, scouting and rescue, as beasts of burden and on the front line.
This year Rob Young attended with his team of oxen, of particular interest since oxen were the primary beasts of burden used by the early Loyalists.
SIR - As Remembrance Day approaches, it is important not only to remember the human victims of wartime, but also the animals used for detection, scouting and rescue, as messengers, as beasts of burden and on the frontline.
PETER DOWNHAM, Marske * * * * * * AS Remembrance Day approaches it is important not only to remember the human victims of wartime, but also the animals who have been used for detection, scouting and rescue, as messengers, as beasts of burden and on the frontline.
During conflicts they have been used as messengers, for detection, scouting and rescue, as beasts of burden and on the frontline.
The aboriginal right to use the caribou as beasts of burden complete with sleds or saddles would not be out of the reach of cultural evolution because Ktunaxa used both horses and dogs in their practices, customs and traditions, as beasts of burden in transport.
ONE hundred years ago, children routinely toiled long hours in sweatshops and were used as human beasts of burden on farms.
The portrayal of humans as being beasts of burden driven by "things" is a powerful metaphor which illustrates a constant theme in human history.
The seemingly sane people include Charles Lindbergh, Rosita Forbes, Richard Burton, John Speke, Robert Peary, Howard Carter, Freya Stark, Neil Armstrong and Yuri Gargarin, whom De Porti puts in context with their various and sundry motives, compatriots, beasts of burden, mistakes, and triumphs.