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Difference between Hard labor and Hard work

hard laborimprisonment with hard physical work as a punishment:

  • Glynn was sentenced to three months hard labor, but won an appeal.

hard work

1. difficult and tiring work:

  • It has been hard work to establish order here.

2. (coll.) said of smb. who is difficult to deal with:

  •  I had to sit next to Frank at dinner. I don’t know about you, but I find him such hard work.