- a shop employing workers at low wages, for long hours, and under poor conditions.
Origin of sweatshop
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Examples from the Web for sweat-shop
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
The only possible way to escape from the sweat-shop was to marry.
For more than a month we've been out on strike, and now we can go back to the sweat-shop.
It was not only the victims of the sweat-shop who find living a hard matter.
- a workshop where employees work long hours under bad conditions for low wages
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Word Origin and History for sweat-shop
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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.
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