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sweatshop (n.)

also sweat-shop, 1892, from sweat (v.) + shop (n.). The verb sweat is attested from 1879 in the sense "employ (someone) in hard work for low wages," and compare sweater "one who exacts wages at very low prices" (1846).

updated on January 05, 2014

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Definitions of sweatshop from WordNet

sweatshop (n.)
factory where workers do piecework for poor pay and are prevented from forming unions; common in the clothing industry;
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