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day labor

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noun
  1. workers hired on a daily basis only, especially unskilled labor.
  2. work done by a day laborer.

Origin of day labor

late Middle English word dating back to 1400–50
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  • A return to day-labor is attended, though perhaps in a less degree, by the same discomfort.

    Nests and Eggs of Birds of The United States

    Thomas G. Gentry


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