yellow-dog contract

[yel-oh-dawg, -dog]


a contract between a worker and an employer in which, as a condition of employment, the worker agrees not to remain in or join a union.

Nearby words

  1. yellow-belly,
  2. yellow-billed cuckoo,
  3. yellow-billed magpie,
  4. yellow-breasted chat,
  5. yellow-crowned night heron,
  6. yellow-eye mullet,
  7. yellow-fever mosquito,
  8. yellow-flowered gourd,
  9. yellow-green,
  10. yellow-green algae

Origin of yellow-dog contract

An Americanism dating back to 1915–20 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

British Dictionary definitions for yellow-dog contract

yellow-dog contract


US a contract with an employer, now illegal, in which an employee agreed not to join a trade union during his employment

Word Origin for yellow-dog contract

C20: from US yellow-dog anti-trade union, from yellow dog mongrel, contemptible person

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