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slave labor

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noun
  1. persons, especially a large group, performing labor under duress or threats, as prisoners in a concentration camp; a labor force of slaves or slavelike prisoners.
  2. labor done by slaves.
  3. any coerced or poorly remunerated work: Typing at that salary is slave labor.
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Origin of slave labor

First recorded in 1810–20
Related formsslave-la·bor, adjective
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Examples from the Web for slave labor

Historical Examples

  • Well, I hoped never to eat a supper procured by slave-labor.

    Left on Labrador

    Charles Asbury Stephens

  • They nearly all continued to trade with the South, and to use the products of slave-labor.

    The Grimk Sisters

    Catherine H. Birney

  • That slave-labor is employed here, and slavery exists, we have sufficient proof in traveling through the country.

  • Under the New System, such troublemakers were banished to the slave-labor details of the precious-earth mines to the North.

    Blind Spot

    Bascom Jones

  • He was the political economist of the slave-labor system, as Calhoun was its political scientist and constitutional lawyer.

    The Middle Period 1817-1858

    John William Burgess