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[swet-shop] /ˈswɛtˌʃɒp/
a shop employing workers at low wages, for long hours, and under poor conditions.
1865-70; sweat + shop Unabridged
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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


a workshop where employees work long hours under bad conditions for low wages
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Word Origin and History for sweatshop

1892, from sweat + shop (n.).

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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.
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Encyclopedia Article for sweatshop

workplace in which workers are employed at low wages and under unhealthy or oppressive conditions. In England, the word sweater was used as early as 1850 to describe an employer who exacted monotonous work for very low wages. "Sweating" became widespread in the 1880s, when immigrants from eastern and southern Europe provided an influx of cheap labour in the United States and central Europe. An increase in industrialization in the 20th century saw sweatshops emerge in parts of Latin America and Asia, a trend that accelerated with increased demand for consumer goods in the West and a lowering of international trade barriers.

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Encyclopedia Britannica, 2008. Encyclopedia Britannica Online.
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