Someone who has been worn down by a harsh working-life?

  • Powaqqatsi Serra Pelada harsh? – TRomano Jun 30 '15 at 11:15
  • @Tim .... what? – Dan Bron Jun 30 '15 at 16:15
  • @Dan: LMGTFY :) – TRomano Jun 30 '15 at 16:18

I think haggard fits the bill here.


having a gaunt, wasted, or exhausted appearance, as from prolonged suffering, exertion, or anxiety; worn

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Such a person would become careworn.


  1. showing signs of care or worry; fatigued by trouble or anxiety; haggard:

"a careworn old woman."



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I think toiler may suggest the idea of a hard worker:

  • Toilers are people who work long and hard. Any employer would be grateful to have toilers as employees.

  • If you know that to toil is to work hard, then the meaning of toiler won't be a surprise. A toiler works strenuously; you won't see a toiler hanging out by the water cooler. People with physical jobs such as construction workers and miners are often referred to as toilers.


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someone who works diligently for long hours. (TFD)

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workhorse (noun):

  • a person or machine that dependably performs hard work over a long period of time ODO

  • someone who does a lot of hard or boring work Macmillan

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Well, yes, exactly:


abused or oppressed by people in power

... but you'd be using it in a more literal and less figurative sense. Worn down by work with little reward.

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