work force

or work·force


noun

the total number of workers in a specific undertaking: a holiday for the company's work force.
the total number of persons employed or employable: a sharp increase in the nation's work force.

Nearby words

  1. work both sides of the street,
  2. work camp,
  3. work ethic,
  4. work expands to fill the time available for its completion,
  5. work farm,
  6. work function,
  7. work in,
  8. work it,
  9. work like a beaver,
  10. work like a charm

Origin of work force

First recorded in 1940–45

Also called labor force.

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