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work like a navvy

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work like a navvy

work like a navvy

【使用地区】:英国

【释义】:

To work hard at physical labor.A navvy was a man who worked on the many canals that were excavated in England starting in the mid—eighteenth century.These canals were called“navigations,”and a laborer working on one was dubbed a“navigator,”this soon being shortened to navvy,q.v.

此短语意为“努力干体力活”。navvy一词指在18世纪中期开始指“挖掘运河的工人”。这些运河名叫navigations(导航,领航);在这里劳作的体力劳动者叫做navigator(导航员,领航员)。后来很快缩写为navvy(参见该条)。

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