from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Slang A laborer who works inside a caisson, as in the construction of underwater tunnels.

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  • n. a person employed to dig tunnels.


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  • Mary Altaffer/Associated Press TUNNELING THROUGH: A subway construction worker, known as a 'sandhog,' worked on the tracks in the Second Avenue subway construction project Thursday in New York.

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  • In today's pictures, people listen to a speech by India's prime minister, a Libyan rebel fighter receives medical aid, a 'sandhog' works on a new subway line in New York and more.

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  • In a few days, stone cold sober, he will have died of pneumonia looking for a job as a sandhog.

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  • With no formal training, he relied mainly on intuition, his childhood memories of exploring the work of ancient Rome, and his more recent experiences as an East Coast sandhog.

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  • His roughneck Irish face fit right in with the sandhog getup.

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  • I can show you figures that prove it's safer to be a sandhog in the Moon than it is to be a file clerk in Des Moines-all things considered.

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  • Son dies in LIRR tunnel collapse despite father's efforts to save him Father frantically tried to revive son with CPR A young sandhog was killed Thursday night in the collapse of a railroad tunnel deep under Park Ave., despite his father's heroic efforts to save him, a source told The Daily News.

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  • The rumor inspired sandhog Lorenzo Cali, 27, a fresh immigrant from Italy.

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  • Dad fails in desperate bid to save son in collapse, concrete crushes sandhog son in tunnel 'I tried to save his life,' says dad.

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  • A young sandhog dies after collapse of a railroad tunnel deep under Park Ave., despite his father's heroic efforts.

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