Origin of white-collar
Examples from the Web for white-collar
By the early 20th century, white-collar work was more common—and more regimented.Squares in Cubes: A History of Two Centuries of Office Culture|Wendy Smith|May 1, 2014|DAILY BEAST
I thought it would be an incredible departure to see that white-collar prison.How the Dark and Stylish Drama ‘Suits’ Became USA’s Best Show|Jason Lynch|March 5, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Do prior convictions for white-collar crimes like embezzlement constitute significant criminal history?
White-collar corruption returns—and this time, the suspect wears jewels.Former Tiffany & Co. Executive Arrested for Stealing $1.3 Million Worth of Jewelry|Christine Flammia|July 2, 2013|DAILY BEAST
“It puts pressure on the white-collar worker rather than on the blue-collar worker,” he said.American Apparel’s Dov Charney on the Bangladesh Tragedy|Daniel Gross|May 8, 2013|DAILY BEAST
Industrialization and socialization of the economy have created thousands of new blue- and white-collar jobs.Area Handbook for Bulgaria|Eugene K. Keefe, Violeta D. Baluyut, William Giloane, Anne K. Long, James M. Moore, and Neda A. Walpole
The girl emerging from high school and looking for work is usually on the lookout for what in a boy we call a "white-collar job."Vocational Guidance for Girls|Marguerite Stockman Dickson
"It's an old stunt," said Dawson, unbending a little from his suspicion of "white-collar" meddling in labor troubles.Mountain|Clement Wood
But the white-collar ranks were teeming, overflowing, supersaturated.Gladiator|Philip Wylie
He regarded it as a device of the exploiting classes to teach submission to their white-collar slaves.Jimmie Higgins|Upton Sinclair
British Dictionary definitions for white-collar
Culture definitions for white-collar
A descriptive term for office workers, who use a minimum of physical exertion, as opposed to blue-collar laborers. Managerial, clerical, and sales jobs are common white-collar occupations.