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day laborer

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noun
  1. an unskilled worker paid by the day.
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Origin of day laborer

First recorded in 1540–50
Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

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  • He had been a member of the board from the beginning, but not a "day-laborer" until now.

    Woman's Work in the Civil War

    Linus Pierpont Brockett

  • Does gold cost the day-laborer as much in California as in New York?

  • What is it that a day-laborer has gained by our thirty centuries of civilization?

    A Tour Through The Pyrenees

    Hippolyte Adolphe Taine

  • Every one rejoiced to see him return to the existence of a day-laborer.

    Pelle the Conqueror, Complete

    Martin Anderson Nexo

  • A day-laborer may have cut the stone, but only the artist could conceive the idea.

    The Philosophy of Evolution

    Stephen H. Carpenter