To serve apprenticeship

Definitions

  • Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • To serve apprenticeship to undergo the training of an apprentice
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Quotations

  • Samuel Smiles
    Samuel%20Smiles
    “The apprenticeship of difficulty is one which the greatest of men have had to serve.”

Etymology

Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
O. Fr. aprentis, aprendre, to learn—L. apprehendĕre. See Apprehend.

Usage

In literature:

They ought to be made serve an apprenticeship in art, to get some conception of the power of human motives.
"A Collection of Stories, Reviews and Essays" by Willa Cather
I am the initiated; or I ought to be, if patience and perseverance constitute serving an apprenticeship.
"Mystic London:" by Charles Maurice Davies
Also, a name given to the master's assistant serving his apprenticeship for hold duties.
"The Sailor's Word-Book" by William Henry Smyth
But they served an apprenticeship to the art.
"Hints on Extemporaneous Preaching" by Henry Ware
The second brother knew better how to build a wall, for he had served an apprenticeship to it.
"What the Moon Saw: and Other Tales" by Hans Christian Andersen
The second brother of course knew better how to build than poor Margaret, for he served an apprenticeship to learn it.
"Fairy Tales of Hans Christian Andersen" by Hans Christian Andersen
He had served his apprenticeship and was now prepared to manage and direct.
"Sword and Pen" by John Algernon Owens
They are not even allowed time to serve their apprenticeship.
"German Problems and Personalities" by Charles Sarolea
It is to my advantage that I have served an apprenticeship to life.
"The Writings Of Thomas Paine, Complete" by Thomas Paine
We all have to serve an apprenticeship, whatever field we enter.
"The "Genius"" by Theodore Dreiser
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In news:

Generations ago blacksmiths served long apprenticeships and acquired the knowledge to make their own tools.
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