- those persons working for wages, especially in manual labor.
- the social or economic class composed of these workers.
Origin of working class
First recorded in 1805–15
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Examples from the Web for working class
But in more middle-class and working-class neighborhoods, sessions are typically a fourth of that price.Iran’s Becoming a Footloose Nation as Dance Lessons Spread
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You mix up English working-class gruffness with African-American soul from the Deep South.The Greatest Rock Voice of All Time Belonged to Joe Cocker
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Iowa told a similar story, where working-class voters gave Republican Joni Ernst a 15 percent edge.With Immigration Move, Obama and the Welfare Party Strike Again
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And right now, working-class and blue-collar whites think the Democratic Party is just implacably against them.Inside the Democrats’ Godawful Midterm Election Wipeout
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Locking up the primary breadwinner can push a family from working-class to impoverished.Why Isn’t Prison Justice on the Ballot This Tuesday?
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It appeared that the working-class had not realised the seriousness of the situation.Changing Winds
St. John G. Ervine
That can be effective only so long as the working-class is without sovereignty.A Preface to Politics
I don't think they are villagers, but of the working-class, I should say.T. Tembarom
Frances Hodgson Burnett
“But the working-class is incapable,” says the capitalist class.
Remains the working-class to see what it can do with the opportunity.
- of, relating to, or characteristic of the working class
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