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YEOMAN. In the United States this word does not appear to have any very exact meaning. It is usually put as an addition to the names of parties in declarations and indictments. In England it signifies a free man who has land of the value of forty shillings a year. 2 Inst. 668; 2 Dall. 92.

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In Miles's comment, then, there would have been unavoidable ambiguity as to whether Miles was just showing his buffoonishness in thinking a devil to be a "yeomanly man" because he is plainly dressed or whether Miles was delivering a choral pronouncement on the absurdity of equating "honesty" with appearance.
When Miller had offered his biography in the wake of Winslow's, he had simply shrugged off his competitor's contribution as a yeomanly effort--solid, thorough, reliable, and entirely beside the point.
Market and competition are far from generating their moral prerequisites autonomously." The market and consumption "constantly strain them, draw upon them, and consume them." Chronic competitive pressure, he further warned, could abrade, Zmirak omits the yeomanly efforts of conservative Christian economist Ralph Ancil to keep the flame of Ropke's wisdom burning.