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wage slave

a person who works for a wage, especially with total and immediate dependency on the income derived from such labor.
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wage slavery, noun Unabridged
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  • Luckily he was a subordinate, not a wage-slave but a follower—which was a restraint.

    Victory Joseph Conrad
  • Nature does not intend for one man to have capital and another to be a wage-slave.

  • I was as faithful a wage-slave as ever a capitalist exploited.

    The House of Pride Jack London
  • The wage-slave lives for the evening's liberty, the business man for his wealth, the preacher for his church.

    Over Prairie Trails Frederick Philip Grove
  • Slave and slave-owner, serf and baron, wage-slave and capitalist—so the classes have struggled.

  • She sat in another chair, very straight in her lavender dress, and joined with the flapper in her survey of the wage-slave.

    Bunker Bean Harry Leon Wilson
  • The wage-slave, when he is out of work, must now starve or go into the workhouse and be made miserable, or commit suicide.

    British Socialism J. Ellis Barker
British Dictionary definitions for wage-slave

wage slave

(ironic) a person dependent on a wage or salary
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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