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Handy-labourar, Handie-laborer, n. [f. Handy-labo(u)r,n.] A hand-labourer, a worker with his hands. — 1595 Crim. Trials I. 352.
The grite penuritie and indigence quhairunto the puir handy-labouraris ar redactit
1632 Stirling Royal Lett. II. 619.
Yow mak choyse of none bot of such as are handie laborers, chope keiperis [etc.]
1634 Edinb. B. Rec. VII. 153.
Sindrie craftismen … who hes not bein handie laborers for the tyme

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