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blue-collar

[bloo-kol-er] /ˈbluˈkɒl ər/
adjective
1.
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.
noun
2.
a blue-collar worker.
Origin
1945-1950
1945-50
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Examples from the web for blue collar
  • 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.
British Dictionary definitions for blue collar

blue-collar

adjective
1.
of, relating to, or designating manual industrial workers: a blue-collar union Compare white-collar, pink-collar
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Word Origin and History for blue collar
adj.

also blue-collar, 1949, from blue (1) + collar (n.). From the common color of men's work shirts.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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blue collar in Culture

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.
The American Heritage® New Dictionary of Cultural Literacy, Third Edition
Copyright © 2005 by Houghton Mifflin Company.
Published by Houghton Mifflin Company. All rights reserved.
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Slang definitions & phrases for blue collar

blue-collar

modifier

Working-class: a blue-collar neighborhood/ blue-collar concerns

[1940s+; fr the color of the traditional workshirt]


The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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