[ swet-shop ]
/ ˈswɛtˌʃɒp /


a shop employing workers at low wages, for long hours, and under poor conditions.

Origin of sweatshop

First recorded in 1865–70; sweat + shop
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British Dictionary definitions for sweatshop


/ (ˈswɛtˌʃɒp) /


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.).

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Culture definitions for sweatshop


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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