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English definition of “hard labour”

hard labour

noun [U] UK (US hard labor)    
a punishment for criminals, especially used in the past, which involves a lot of tiring, physical workPunishing by causing painHitting and beatingPunishing and punishments
(Definition of hard labour noun from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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