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wage slave

a person who works for a wage, especially with total and immediate dependency on the income derived from such labor.
Origin of wage slave
First recorded in 1885-90
Related forms
wage slavery, noun Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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Examples from the Web for wage slave
Historical Examples
  • I was as faithful a wage slave as ever capitalist exploited.

    War of the Classes Jack London
  • Then occurred one of those familiar tragedies of the wage slave.

    Bunker Bean

    Harry Leon Wilson
  • It is a constructive program of economics that will result in the emancipation of the wage slave.

  • Not a man in the outfit Kars had organized but was a wage slave, down to the least civilized Indian who labored under a pack.

    The Triumph of John Kars

    Ridgwell Cullum
  • Any master in want of a wage slave for a few hours, days or weeks could always buy one there.

British Dictionary definitions for wage slave

wage slave

(ironic) a person dependent on a wage or salary
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