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working girl

noun
1.
Older Use: Often Offensive. a woman who works.
2.
Slang. a prostitute.
Origin of working girl
1860-1865
1860-65, for def 1; 1965-70, for def 2
Usage note
The meaning “woman who works” has declined in use because of possible confusion with the other meaning, “prostitute.” And the use of girl to refer to an adult woman is often perceived as insulting and demeaning. See also girl.
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  • It's praiseworthy and commendable for a working girl to try to better herself.

    Athalie Robert W. Chambers
  • Don't talk to me about your disinterested admiration for a working girl.

    Athalie Robert W. Chambers
  • And say, did you ever stop to think what one day of a working girl's life was like?

    Dr. Jonathan (A Play) Winston Churchill
  • She was not what is called a bad woman, she was a working girl.

  • Jane was recalling what the working girl on the ferry had said.

    Meg of Mystery Mountain

    Grace May North
  • The scene represents a working girl's atelier in a Parisian store.

    Iconoclasts

    James Huneker
  • She had been a working girl, like myself—and misery had driven her to sell herself!

  • I will paint your portrait and it shall be hung side by side with my working girl.

    The Beauty Mrs. Wilson Woodrow
British Dictionary definitions for working girl

working girl

noun
1.
a girl or woman who works, esp one who supports herself
2.
(informal) a prostitute
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Slang definitions & phrases for working girl

working girl

noun phrase

A prostitute; hooker: an old white pimp named Tony Roland who was known to handle the best-looking ''working'' girls in New York/ The customer was a working girl just like Jenny (1960s+ Prostitutes)

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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