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workingman

[wur-king-man] /ˈwɜr kɪŋˌmæn/
noun, plural workingmen.
1.
a man of the working class; a man, whether skilled or unskilled, who earns his living at some manual or industrial work.
Origin of workingman
1630-1640
First recorded in 1630-40; working + man1
Usage note
See -man.
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  • Never forget that a workingman is not a slave, and that whoever is not a workingman is a lazy drone.

    L'Assommoir Emile Zola
  • The workingman and the employer, then, understood each other perfectly.

    Socialism John Spargo
  • Arthur sprang up as if he suddenly remembered that he was a workingman.

    Wayside Courtships Hamlin Garland
  • Joyce judged that the rough tones of the answer came from a workingman.

    The Highgrader William MacLeod Raine
  • He had told her, with that sardonic smile, that he was a workingman.

    The Highgrader William MacLeod Raine
  • The workingman of to-day lives better than the kings of the Middle Ages.

    The Root of Evil

    Thomas Dixon
  • Of course you would, being a sensible, hard-headed American workingman.

  • How different from this is Shakespeare's conception of the place of the workingman in society!

  • Yes, the workingman, if he only knew it, is wearing the imperial robe.

  • That a workingman always eats what is in his dinnerpail with great relish.

    The American Credo George Jean Nathan

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