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day laborer

an unskilled worker paid by the day.
Origin of day laborer
1540-50 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2016.
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  • Never had I eaten so much bread, and with the hunks of Gruyre cheese I felt almost like a day-laborer.

    Wanted: A Cook Alan Dale
  • Does gold cost the day-laborer as much in California as in New York?

    The Principles of Economics Frank A. Fetter
  • Large Chinese houses monopolize the trade, and the Chinese artisan and day-laborer have driven out all others.

  • A day-laborer may have cut the stone, but only the artist could conceive the idea.

    The Philosophy of Evolution Stephen H. Carpenter
  • The mechanic, the day-laborer, has but one way to live; his body must provide for his body.

    Pierre; or The Ambiguities Herman Melville
  • He is at most times a day-laborer, slouchy in his bearing and slovenly in his dress.

    Frontier Folk George Booth
  • I would rather see him a common soldier or sailor, or day-laborer, earning his bread by any honest toil.

    Cobwebs and Cables Hesba Stretton
  • The little cottage which stood in the midst of a wild patch of garden was inhabited by a day-laborer.

    The Tragedy of the Chain Pier Charlotte M. Braeme
  • What are the relations of culture to common life, of the scholar to the day-laborer?

    The Complete Essays of C. D. Warner Charles Dudley Warner
  • As a rule, however, he dresses nearly as well as the day-laborer, and sometimes far better.

    Tramping with Tramps Josiah Flynt

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