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hew +‎ -er


hewer (plural hewers)

  1. One who hews.
    • 1904, Kellogg Durland, Among the Fife Miners, page 62:
      By certain arrangements in the former method the miner not only gets the coal but makes all proppings and repairs, so that the face moves much more slowly than with the other method where the hewers devote all their time to getting the coal []
    • 1975, Lawrence Schofer, The Formation of a Modern Labor Force, Upper Silesia, 1865-1914
      All three groups were paid less per shift than coal miners. In 1905, for instance, hewers in coal mines received an average 3.79 marks per shift; in zinc and lead, 3.10 marks; in iron, 2.36 marks.