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Re: Yeoman's job

Posted by R. Berg on October 20, 2003

In Reply to: Yeoman's job posted by yankel on October 20, 2003

: What does the phrase "doing a yeoman's job" mean.
: Thank you to anyone who may answer.

Doing a good job all round; working hard and competently. The phrase is associated with work that doesn't require specialized skills and can be done well by tackling the task industriously. An older phrase, "yeoman's service," means much the same thing and includes an implication of loyalty. Looking up "yeoman" in any dictionary will give you more insight into the history of these phrases.