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Origin of sweatshop

First recorded in 1865–70; sweat + shop
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Contemporary Examples of sweatshop

Historical Examples of sweatshop

  • Looks like someone was openin' a sweatshop in the buildin', don't it!

  • The sudden change to a big city, a sweatshop, was too much for him, too much for all of them.

    Crimes of Charity

    Konrad Bercovici

  • And then hed put them to work in his sweatshop and sweat them into their grave.

    Hungry Hearts

    Anzia Yezierska

  • How can you enjoy your vacation in the country while Im in the sweatshop?

    Hungry Hearts

    Anzia Yezierska

  • To the stifling submission of the sweatshop or the desperation of the streets!

    Hungry Hearts

    Anzia Yezierska

British Dictionary definitions for sweatshop


  1. a workshop where employees work long hours under bad conditions for low wages
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Word Origin and History for sweatshop

1892, from sweat + shop (n.).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

sweatshop in Culture


A small factory or shop in which employees are poorly paid and work under adverse conditions. Sweatshops were especially common in the garment industry during the early twentieth century.

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