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starvation wages

plural noun
1.
wages below the level necessary for subsistence.
Origin of starvation wages
1885-1890
First recorded in 1885-90
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  • If they were content to work for starvation wages, I am not.

  • He is an under-paid drudge in a retail grocery, on starvation wages.

    Clemence Retta Babcock
  • Professor Nearing also shows the starvation wages for which women are compelled to work in the present system.

    Labor and Freedom Eugene V. Debs
  • Why should they work for starvation wages so that the concerns using bolts can save 40 per cent on their purchase?

    A Man of Samples Wm. H. Maher
  • What care have ye for the poor who work at worse than starvation wages, so long as ye can buy cheap and sell at large profits?

    Robert Hardy's Seven Days

    Charles Monroe Sheldon
  • But the nuggies were good to poor tributers sometimes, after they had been working for weeks and months on starvation wages.

    Cornish Saints and Sinners J. Henry Harris
  • The past was dead; the future was their own, even in the Allen-street tenement, toiling night and day at starvation wages.

    Out of Mulberry Street Jacob A. Riis
  • The poor shirt-maker and needlewoman lived on starvation wages.

  • War is a system of political greed where men are hired at starvation wages to kill each other.

    T. De Witt Talmage T. De Witt Talmage
  • The past was dead; the future was their own, even in the Allen Street tenement, toiling night and day at starvation wages.

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