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  • n. Plural form of foreman.


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  • In his dilemma, he called his foremen together and explained the situation to them.

    Increasing Human Efficiency in Business: A Contribution to the Psychology of Business

  • Working men, in a hurry lots of times, they forgot their hat, or they forgot their belt, but sometimes the foremen were a little lax and did not send them back.


  • "One of the foremen was a magistrate and he said I was heading to prison."

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  • They knew that they would be housed, clothed and well fed whether they earned these comforts or not; so, in order to insure diligence, reliable men were chosen from among them as assistants to the white overseers; these were called "foremen," and were looked up to with respect by their fellows.

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  • In a manufactory there is a wide distinction to be made between to-day's dirt and yesterday's dirt; valuable results may be obtained by an inspection of the whole property made on Saturday afternoon by two men, such as foremen or overseers of rooms, who may be appointed to serve four weeks, their assignment terminating on alternate fortnights.

    The American Architect and Building News, Vol. 27, No. 733, January 11, 1890

  • The man who conducts any business requiring labor and capital not only exacts an unjust proportion of the laborer's hire, but takes more than he justly should as interest upon his capital and as reward for his own time and labor, often amounting to no trouble or labor, he delegating to other hands, such as foremen or overseers, the absolute control of his investment.

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  • It has, for instance, supplied people such as foremen and laborers to FairPoint, and purchased, up front, materials such as concrete, grass seed and conduits for the FairPoint jobs.

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  • Unite has two separate sections, one for industrial craft workers and another for others such as foremen who are in a small staff group.

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  • Factory foremen had locked the exit doors to keep out union organizers and to keep workers from taking breaks and stealing scraps of fabric.

    Peter Dreier: The Fire Last Time

  • Managers, from the directors down to the foremen, were to be elected by the workers rather than appointed by the ministries.

    The Return


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