wage slave
noun Date: 1882 a person dependent on wages or a salary for a livelihood

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  • wage slave — wage′ slave n. a person who works for a wage, being totally dependent on such income • Etymology: 1885–90 wage′ slav ery, n …   From formal English to slang

  • wage slave — UK US noun [C] INFORMAL WORKPLACE ► someone who must work so they can earn enough money to live on and pay for the things they need: »High mortgage rates have turned the middle classes into wage slaves …   Financial and business terms

  • wage slave — wage ,slave noun count INFORMAL someone who depends on the money they earn in their job in order to pay for the things they need …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • wage slave — noun : one whose toil for wages is tantamount to slavery * * * wage slavery. a person who works for a wage, esp. with total and immediate dependency on the income derived from such labor. [1885 90] * * * wage slave noun A person dependent on a… …   Useful english dictionary

  • wage slave — UK / US noun [countable] Word forms wage slave : singular wage slave plural wage slaves informal someone who depends on the money that they earn in their job in order to pay for the things that they need …   English dictionary

  • wage slave — wage slavery. a person who works for a wage, esp. with total and immediate dependency on the income derived from such labor. [1885 90] * * * …   Universalium

  • wage slave — noun informal a person who is wholly dependent on income from employment. Derivatives wage slavery noun …   English new terms dictionary

  • wage slave — /ˈweɪdʒ sleɪv/ (say wayj slayv) noun Colloquial (derogatory) → wage earner …   Australian English dictionary

  • wage slave — noun someone who feels compelled to work in return for wages in order to survive …   Wiktionary

  • Wage slavery — is a term first coined by the Lowell Mill Girls in 1836, [ [http://books.google.com/books?id=YXT kSv1btIC pg=PA87 lpg=PA87 dq=lowell+%22wage+slavery%22 source=web ots=WsT3bkI 0G sig=w7N0JGBskFiUHReS 00amVMNaPY hl=en Artisans Into Workers: Labor… …   Wikipedia

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