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English citations of help

Noun: "a person or people hired to assist with work"[edit]

1916 2009
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  • 1836, Richard Weston, A visit to the United States and Canada in 1833, page 178-9:
    I was often much entertained sitting at Mr Telford's table of an evening at supper ; he sat at the head, his hired helps, male and female, to the number of upwards of a dozen, sitting on separate sides at the same board, and helping themselves out of the same dish.
  • 1870, “Emigration and Nova Scotia”, in The Field, volume 1, number 3, page 242:
    The farmer is at the mercy of his hired helps ; they run rusty and leave him just at the very time he is most in need of their services, and he is often forced, at a heavy pecuniary loss, to suspend operations.
  • 1916, Matthew Hale Wilson, An inductive study of standards of right, page 197:
    Kindness and consideration toward the hired help will improve both the quality and quantity of their work.
  • 2009, Colin James Isbister, How to be a Lousy Christian in 12 Easy Lesson, page 120:
    Even my father's servants are better off than me. I'll go home and beg him to allow me to work as a hired help.