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[swet-shop] /ˈswɛtˌʃɒp/
a shop employing workers at low wages, for long hours, and under poor conditions.
Origin of sweatshop
First recorded in 1865-70; sweat + shop Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • Looks like someone was openin' a sweatshop in the buildin', don't it!

  • The sudden change to a big city, a sweatshop, was too much for him, too much for all of them.

    Crimes of Charity Konrad Bercovici
  • And then hed put them to work in his sweatshop and sweat them into their grave.

    Hungry Hearts Anzia Yezierska
  • How can you enjoy your vacation in the country while Im in the sweatshop?

    Hungry Hearts Anzia Yezierska
  • To the stifling submission of the sweatshop or the desperation of the streets!

    Hungry Hearts Anzia Yezierska
  • Many of our soldiers were from the mine, the farm, the sweatshop.

    A Jewish Chaplain in France Lee J. Levinger
  • He lives cheaply, crowds, and underbids even the Jew in the sweatshop.

    A Ten Year War Jacob A. Riis
  • It is not enough to be free of a czar, a kaiser or a sweatshop boss.

    His Family Ernest Poole
  • He was still smarting with indignation over that "sweatshop" horror.

    For Gold or Soul? Lurana W. Sheldon
British Dictionary definitions for sweatshop


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 sweatshop

1892, from sweat + shop (n.).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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sweatshop 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 sweatshop



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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