of or pertaining to wage-earning workers who wear work clothes or other specialized clothing on the job, as mechanics, longshoremen, and miners. Compare white-collar.
a blue-collar worker.

1945–50 Unabridged
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white-collar Compare pink-collar of, relating to, or designating manual industrial workers: a blue-collar union

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Word Origin & History

blue collar
also blue-collar, 1950, from blue + collar.
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Cultural Dictionary

blue-collar definition

A descriptive term widely used for manual laborers, as opposed to white-collar for office workers.

Note: The term is often associated with conservative values.
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Example sentences
So you first outsource the blue collar workers, then the engineering and management get outsourced too a while later.
Though he's lucky enough to find an entry-level blue collar job, after numerous deployments, his family life is torn.
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