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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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
It's unclear whether the findings generalize to blue-collar workers and
  employees in the private sector, the authors report.
We know, moreover, that blue-collar workers usually agree to overtime because
  they want or need the extra money.
Rising unemployment rates, stagnant wages and falling living standards prompted
  blue-collar workers to return to the barricades.
The engineers have had to join more teams with blue-collar workers.
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