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starvation wages

wages below the level necessary for subsistence.
Origin of starvation wages
1885-90 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • The ones who want to stay in the field end up teaching as adjuncts for starvation wages.
  • The only way to make a living was to publish, for starvation wages, in the few magazines that had come into existence.
  • They have no money for their transportation, for they are receiving starvation wages, or no wages at all.
  • There were hordes of copyists, always seeking work, which they did at starvation wages.

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