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working girl

noun
1.
Older Use: Often Offensive. a woman who works.
2.
Slang. a prostitute.
Origin of working girl
1860-1865
1860-65, for def 1; 1965-70, for def 2
Usage note
The meaning “woman who works” has declined in use because of possible confusion with the other meaning, “prostitute.” And the use of girl to refer to an adult woman is often perceived as insulting and demeaning. See also girl.
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  • It is the duty of every working girl to make her employer adore her for her personal value and her word.

    The Colored Girl Beautiful E. Azalia Hackley
  • Don't talk to me about your disinterested admiration for a working girl.

    Athalie Robert W. Chambers
  • She regrets the time when she was a working girl:  why has she been so weak?

    Other People's Money Emile Gaboriau
  • And say, did you ever stop to think what one day of a working girl's life was like?

    Dr. Jonathan (A Play) Winston Churchill
  • Why—er—well, it would not be nice to have a working girl go in and out of our house.

    The Girl from Sunset Ranch Amy Bell Marlowe
  • She was not what is called a bad woman, she was a working girl.

  • It bridles at anything which impeaches the traditional honor and chastity of the working girl.

    The Long Day Dorothy Richardson
  • Jane was recalling what the working girl on the ferry had said.

    Meg of Mystery Mountain Grace May North
British Dictionary definitions for working girl

working girl

noun
1.
a girl or woman who works, esp one who supports herself
2.
(informal) a prostitute
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Slang definitions & phrases for working girl

worked up

adjective phrase

Angry; excited; distraught: The whole town was worked up over the shooting incident (1883+)

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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