Physical work done "by hand" (or using basic implements) instead of by machines.(noun)
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Use "manual labour" in a sentence
"It was many years since Haluin had passed out of Cadfael's care to go to manual labour in the Gaye."
"The expenditure of a little manual labour supplies the omissions of and compensates for the undirected impulses which prevail, and the pursuit — not the profession — leads one to ever-varying scenes, to the contemplation of many of the moods of unaffected, unadvertised Nature."
"Prayer, manual labour and the study of Holy Scripture were his chief occupations, and we may safely suppose that his first literary works date from this time, for nearly all his earlier writings deal with ascetic and monastic subjects [cf. below Chrysostom writings: (1) "Opuscuia"]."