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[swet-shop] /ˈswɛtˌʃɒp/
a shop employing workers at low wages, for long hours, and under poor conditions.
Origin of sweatshop
1865-70; sweat + shop Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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a workshop where employees work long hours under bad conditions for low wages
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for sweatshop

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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