The Mudcat Café TM
Thread #156653   Message #3692602
Posted By: MGM·Lion
09-Mar-15 - 10:21 AM
Thread Name: A song dilemma
Subject: RE: A song dilemma
There used to be a sort of poetical cliché of a working man being a "horny-handed son of toil", or some such. I believe Lord Salisbury famously used the phrase in Parliament during a C19 House of Lords debate on working conditions. So it surely implies a skin hardened by hard work or labouring in harsh climate.