Horny-handed

Horn´y-hand`ed


a.1.Having the hands horny and callous from labor.
Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary, published 1913 by G. & C. Merriam Co.
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He failed to see the horny-handed sons of toil enjoying grand pianos or riding in automobiles.
Did begrimed war-weary veterans and horny-handed Ohio plowboys really march off to battle trilling, "In the beauty of the lilies Christ was born across the sea"?
The horny-handed 'rude mechanicals', were played on Wednesday by a brilliant group from the People's Theatre -- Pete McAndrew (Bottom), Jo Kelly (Quince), Stuart Douglas (Snout), Mike Smith (Starveling) Michael White (Flute) and Gordon Russell (Snug).
The craft processes that the 'Superleggera' deployed were not horny-handed throwbacks, but already semi-industrialised, and the success of the chair drove that industrialisation process faster, consolidating small enterprises into larger factories.
Once that vigorous, horny-handed core is extracted from rock 'n' roll, you're left with little more than Muzak.
But, of course, the idea that rugby players are all rough-hewn, horny-handed sons of the soil will no longer wash, even with a creamy soap.
Home-grown food tastes better, is healthier and, above all, gives the horny-handed consumer a sense of great satisfaction at having done something useful.
She, though sweet and blameless in all other respects, insists that I know nothing of the lives and hardships of those horny-handed sons of toil and loudly wishes me to desist.
The horny-handed socialists, who had the cunning of weasels, quickly restored the water and power, while the intellectuals wrote press releases and painted slogans on the wall.
Imagine it, horny-handed '80s Scots rockers Big Country being fronted by Mike Peters from evergreen Welsh noiseniks The Alarm in a cross Celtic collaboration of fist-in-the-air anthems and heavy decibelled politicising?
Today's rural dweller, more likely a commuter than a horny-handed denizen of the soil, inhabits a countryside markedly different from 100 years ago, and unrecognisable from 200 years back.
Very nice people but hardly horny-handed sons of toil.