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work force

or workforce

the total number of workers in a specific undertaking:
a holiday for the company's work force.
the total number of persons employed or employable:
a sharp increase in the nation's work force.
Also called labor force.
Origin of work force
First recorded in 1940-45 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • Officially, in excess of one third of the workforce is unemployed.

    After the Rain Sam Vaknin
  • Schools used to be able to prepare students to find their place in the workforce even before graduation.

  • A complex system of incentives and disincentives drives the workforce to dedication and industriousness.

    After the Rain Sam Vaknin
British Dictionary definitions for workforce


the total number of workers employed by a company on a specific job, project, etc
the total number of people who could be employed: the country's workforce is growing rapidly
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for workforce

1961, from work (n.) + force (n.).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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