Posted by David FG on November 09, 2005
In Reply to: Yeoman's work posted by Philip Fortnam on November 09, 2005
: What does the phrase "Yeoman's work" mean? I can't locate a definition. What's the history of the phrase? Thanks. Philip
'Yeoman work' or 'yeoman service' is simply good, honest, hard work. A yeoman was a class of farmer, above a labourer but below a land-owner - a tenant farmer - who had (has) a reputation for hard toil.