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[hwahyt-kol-er, wahyt-] /ˈʰwaɪtˈkɒl ər, ˈwaɪt-/
belonging or pertaining to the ranks of office and professional workers whose jobs generally do not involve manual labor or the wearing of a uniform or work clothes.
a white-collar worker.
Compare blue-collar.
1920-25 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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British Dictionary definitions for whitecollar


of, relating to, or designating nonmanual and usually salaried workers employed in professional and clerical occupations: white-collar union Compare blue-collar, pink-collar
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whitecollar in Culture

white-collar definition

A descriptive term for office workers, who use a minimum of physical exertion, as opposed to blue-collar laborers. Managerial, clerical, and sales jobs are common white-collar occupations.

The American Heritage® New Dictionary of Cultural Literacy, Third Edition
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Slang definitions & phrases for whitecollar

white bready

adj phr,adj

Conventional; bourgeois; plastic, square: Some of the sequences are Middle American. Evans calls them white bready/ two normal white bread all-American boys/ He taught them to give up the safe, white-bread types

[1980s+; fr the marketing fact that most Americans prefer soft, factory-baked white bread]

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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