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sweating system

the practice of employing workers in sweatshops.
Origin of sweating system
First recorded in 1850-55 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • One of the speakers had alluded to the evil part in the sweating system which is played by the highly paid "speeders."

    Comrade Yetta Albert Edwards
  • It is not on record that any one ever found a good word to say for the "sweating system."

    Comrade Yetta Albert Edwards
  • Even the sweating system could be found at work in holes and corners.

    The Long White Cloud William Pember Reeves
  • Were people in general not willing accomplices, there would be no sweating system, no unfair competition.

  • Thus the judicial "sweating system" continues to flourish as before.

  • The sweating system is one of the iniquities of commercial greed, and the helpless foreigner of certain classes is its victim.

    Aliens or Americans? Howard B. Grose
  • One word must be said in this connection about the sweating system and its relation to trade unions.

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