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    beast of burden

    Hi,

    What does "beast of burden" mean? Does it mean 'an animal'?

    Is "He treated her as a beast of burden" correct?

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    Re: beast of burden

    A beast of burden is an animal that does a lot of work for us, so he expected her to work endlessly for him.

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    Re: beast of burden

    Beast of burden is a fixed phrase used for animals that carry loads ("burdens") for their owners.
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