Galley-slave

Definitions

  • Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Galley-slave one condemned for crime to work like a slave at the oar of a galley
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Quotations

  • St. Francis De Sales
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    “There are no galley-slaves in the royal vessel of divine love -- every man works his oar voluntarily!”

Etymology

Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
O. Fr. galie—Low L. galea.

Usage

In literature:

He had resolved that under no pressure would he marry the daughter of O'Hara, the galley-slave.
"An Eye for an Eye" by Anthony Trollope
And next came the question of what was to be done with the galley-slaves and the galley.
"The Cruise of the Nonsuch Buccaneer" by Harry Collingwood
They've been working like galley- slaves aboard there all day, and have stripped her to her lower-masts.
"For Treasure Bound" by Harry Collingwood
Talk of galley slaves!
"On Board the Esmeralda" by John Conroy Hutcheson
The galley-slaves who were captured amounted in number to forty-seven.
"Mr. Midshipman Easy" by Captain Frederick Marryat
She really thought, then, that a galley-slave was a man of his word?
"The Son of Monte-Cristo, Volume II (of 2)" by Alexandre Dumas père
Nothing of course could equal the torment of the galley-slaves, but the wretchedness of the shore-slaves was bad enough.
"The Story of the Barbary Corsairs" by Stanley Lane-Poole
I had worked like a galley-slave for nine months, and the nine months of a man of the world is worth the nine years of a boy.
"The Making Of A Novelist" by David Christie Murray
He cursed them with the vigor of a master of galley slaves when the bateau was frothing along the deadwater.
"Joan of Arc of the North Woods" by Holman Day
They were sent prisoners to Manila, where a few were pardoned, others were executed, and the majority became galley-slaves.
"The Philippine Islands" by John Foreman
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In poetry:

Kings, from Indus, and Araxes,
Ister, and the Boreal axes,
Horsed his chariot to the waves,
Then embarked, his galley-slaves.
"Lita of the Nile" by Richard Doddridge Blackmore
I envy him the rugged prance
By which his freezing feet he warms,
And drag my lady's chains and dance,
The galley-slave of dreary forms.
"Without And Withiin" by James Russell Lowell
I am thy slave then; let me know,
Hard master! the great task I have to do:
Who pride and scorn do undergo.
In tempests and rough seas thy galleys row;
They pant, and groan, and sigh; but find
Their sighs increase the angry wind.
"The Thraldom" by Abraham Cowley
My master and the neighbours all
Make game of me and Sally, And, but for her, I'd better be
A slave and row a galley; But when my seven long years are out,
O, then I'll marry Sally; O, then we'll wed, and then we'll bed—
But not in our alley!
"Sally In Our Alley" by Henry Carey
Nor where upon the Tiber floats Aglae in galley gay,
'Neath Asian tent of brilliant stripes, in gorgeous array;
Nor when to lutes and tambourines the wealthy prefect flings
A score of slaves, their fetters wreathed, to feed grim, greedy
things.
"Nero’s Incendiary Song" by Victor Marie Hugo

In news:

Russia's Putin: ' Galley slave' or Persian Gulf monarch.
Vladimir Putin once compared ruling Russia to being a ' galley slave,' but a new pamphlet critical of his state-owned wealth compares him to a Persian Gulf monarch.
Russia's Putin: ' Galley slave ' or Persian Gulf monarch.
Vladimir Putin once compared ruling Russia to being a ' galley slave ,' but a new pamphlet critical of his state-owned wealth compares him to a Persian Gulf monarch.
Russia's Putin: 'Galley slave' or Persian Gulf monarch.
Vladimir Putin once compared ruling Russia to being a 'galley slave,' but a new pamphlet critical of his state-owned wealth compares him to a Persian Gulf monarch.
Russia's Putin lives like a 'galley slave' with jets, yachts, limos, report says.
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