one who is employed in the loading or unloading of ships

Here’s another one from The Portrait: “The end was inevitable; Evelyn, I discovered, could drink even a stevedore under the table.”

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  1. Dad says:

    Like “longshoreman”, I think that “stevedore” has fallen from common use in lockstep with the automating of freight-handling at our seaports. It used to be that all the freight that now proceeds from ships to its destination in the large containers you see everywhere on truck chassis was offloaded from the ships to the docks, and then sorted for transshipment, by stevedores. Now, the containers are handled by huge machines.

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