thirsty work

Physical labor of a type that causes the laborer to sweat and become thirsty.

1843, William Henry Leatham, Oliver Cromwell, a drama [in verse], p. 13:

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  • thirsty */ — UK [ˈθɜː(r)stɪ] / US [ˈθɜrstɪ] adjective Word forms thirsty : adjective thirsty comparative thirstier superlative thirstiest 1) feeling that you want or need to drink something I m really thirsty – could I have a glass of water? thirsty work (=… …   English dictionary

  • thirsty — thirst|y [ θɜrsti ] adjective * 1. ) feeling that you want or need to drink something: I m really thirsty could I have a glass of water? thirsty work (=hard work that makes you feel thirsty): Moving furniture around is thirsty work. 2. ) thirsty… …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • thirsty — adjective 1 needing to drink or feeling that you want a drink: Can I have a glass of water, I m really thirsty. | thirsty work (=work that makes you want a drink): All this digging is thirsty work. 2 thirsty for knowledge/power literary having a… …   Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • thirsty — thirst|y [ˈθə:sti US ˈθə:r ] adj comparative thirstier superlative thirstiest 1.) feeling that you want or need a drink →↑thirst, hungry ↑hungry ▪ Can I have a glass of water? I m really thirsty. ▪ He d been working in the garden and was very hot …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • thirsty — thirstily, adv. thirstiness, n. /therr stee/, adj., thirstier, thirstiest. 1. feeling or having thirst; craving liquid. 2. needing moisture, as land; parched; dry or arid: the thirsty soil. 3. eagerly desirous; eager: thirsty for news. 4. causing …   Universalium

  • thirsty — thirst•y [[t]ˈθɜr sti[/t]] adj. –i•er, –i•est 1) phl having thirst; craving liquid 2) agr. needing moisture; parched: the thirsty soil[/ex] 3) eagerly desirous 4) causing thirst: Digging is thirsty work[/ex] • Etymology: bef. 950; ME thirsti, OE… …   From formal English to slang

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