(4 syl., g hard). A slave's slave, a workman's labourer,
a farmer's understrapper, or
Jack-of-all-work. The Gibeonites were made “hewers of wood and
drawers of water” to the Israelites. (Josh.
And Giles must trudge, whoever gives command,
A Gibeonite, that serves them all by turn.
Bloomfield: Farmer's Boy.
Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894
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