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sweatshop

[swet-shop] /ˈswɛtˌʃɒp/
noun
1.
a shop employing workers at low wages, for long hours, and under poor conditions.
Origin of sweatshop
1865-1870
First recorded in 1865-70; sweat + shop
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Examples from the Web for sweat-shop
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  • Back of the sweat-shop shirt is the problem of the inefficient worker.

    The Principles of Economics Frank A. Fetter
  • It is the home of the sweat-shop, of the crowded tenement-house.

    The Spirit of the Ghetto Hutchins Hapgood
  • The only possible way to escape from the sweat-shop was to marry.

    Comrade Yetta Albert Edwards
  • For more than a month we've been out on strike, and now we can go back to the sweat-shop.

    Comrade Yetta Albert Edwards
  • It was not only the victims of the sweat-shop who find living a hard matter.

    Comrade Yetta Albert Edwards
  • It was a wonderful thing for a sweat-shop girl to have climbed so high.

    Comrade Yetta Albert Edwards
  • At fifteen, with hardly any education, the Fates had put her in a sweat-shop.

    Comrade Yetta Albert Edwards
  • There had been a sort of precociousness about the sweat-shop girl he remembered.

    Comrade Yetta Albert Edwards
  • An immigrant peril is the sweat-shop labor which this class performs.

    Aliens or Americans? Howard B. Grose
  • It was then that the sweat-shop with all its horrors had its beginning, or at least found its most objectionable development.

British Dictionary definitions for sweat-shop

sweatshop

/ˈswɛtˌʃɒp/
noun
1.
a workshop where employees work long hours under bad conditions for low wages
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for sweat-shop

sweatshop

n.

1892, from sweat + shop (n.).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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sweat-shop in Culture

sweatshop definition


A small factory or shop in which employees are poorly paid and work under adverse conditions. Sweatshops were especially common in the garment industry during the early twentieth century.

The New Dictionary of Cultural Literacy, Third Edition
Copyright © 2005 by Houghton Mifflin Company.
Published by Houghton Mifflin Company. All rights reserved.
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Slang definitions & phrases for sweat-shop

sweatshop

noun

A factory or workplace with very poor labor conditions

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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