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What does "a dollar a day and found" mean?

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In the 1972 Western The Cowboys, the Duke tells the boys that they’ll be paid “a dollar a day and found.” What does that mean?

David Jones

Phoenix, Arizona

 

It means a dollar a day wages and a home in the bunkhouse and meals. “Found” indicates the cowboy lives where he works, thus making it easy for the employer to find him.

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