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sweatshop

[swet-shop] /ˈswɛtˌʃɒp/
noun
1.
a shop employing workers at low wages, for long hours, and under poor conditions.
Origin of sweatshop
1865-1870
1865-70; sweat + shop
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Examples from the web for sweatshop
  • Students fighting against the use of sweatshop labor to manufacture apparel and other college-licensed products have a new target.
  • They also run a sweatshop filled with waifs from the local orphanage.
  • Labor exploitation may occur in areas such as domestic servitude, sweatshop factories, or migrant agricultural work.
British Dictionary definitions for sweatshop

sweatshop

/ˈswɛtˌʃɒp/
noun
1.
a workshop where employees work long hours under bad conditions for low wages
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Word Origin and History for sweatshop
n.

1892, from sweat + shop (n.).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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sweatshop in Culture

sweatshop definition


A small factory or shop in which employees are poorly paid and work under adverse conditions. Sweatshops were especially common in the garment industry during the early twentieth century.

The American Heritage® New Dictionary of Cultural Literacy, Third Edition
Copyright © 2005 by Houghton Mifflin Company.
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Slang definitions & phrases for sweatshop

sweat something out of someone

verb phrase

To discover by intimidation or harsh questioning (1940s+)


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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