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  • noun dated A boy who directed the animals that pulled a plough

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  • noun a boy who leads the animals that draw a plow


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  • 'As ignorant as a ploughboy,' is a phrase fallen into disuse.

    Stuart of Dunleath: A Story of Modern Times

  • Dennis did not mind being called a ploughboy a bit.

    Black, White and Gray A Story of Three Homes

  • Gas looming through the fog in divers places in the streets, much as the sun may, from the spongey fields, be seen to loom by husbandman and ploughboy.

    Bleak House

  • Let us concede that the high-born Grig rode into the entrenchments at Sobraon as gallantly as Corporal Wallop, the ex-ploughboy.

    The Book of Snobs

  • I have no false pride, as many men of high lineage like my own have, and, in default of better company, will hob and nob with a ploughboy or a private soldier just as readily as with the first noble in the land.

    The Memoires of Barry Lyndon

  • Mr. Milliken what I please; but not YOU, you little scamp of a clod-hopping ploughboy.

    The Wolves and the Lamb

  • The blind old owl, whirring out of the hollow tree, quite amazed at the disturbance, flounced into the face of a ploughboy, who knocked her down with a pitchfork.

    The Newcomes

  • The proverbial ploughboy singing the psalms at his work as Tyndale put it.

    Confirmation of Election speech for Rt Revd John Sentamu, St Mary-le-Bow, London

  • I do not wish to make an idol of the Shorter Catechism; but the fact of such a question being asked opens to us Scotch a great field of speculation; and the fact that it is asked of all of us, from the peer to the ploughboy, binds us more nearly together.

    Memories and Portraits

  • “Here,” said the ploughboy, “is something for you — from the master.”

    Madame Bovary


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