from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun One who works with his head or brain, as distinguished from one who does physical labor.
  • noun Specifically One who assists in planning a robbery or burglary, by finding out where money or valuables are kept and informing the gang, for an interest in the proceeds of the plunder.


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  • And here upon my table lies a letter from the head-worker of the University Settlement, which the postman brought half an hour ago, that lets more daylight in, it seems to me, than all the rest.

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  • He was exposed by some of his students, who, to use a slang phrase, accused him of being a 'head-worker.'

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  • And here upon my table lies a letter from the head-worker of the

    The Battle with the Slum

  • The manual labourer of to-day may to-morrow, by the choice of his fellow-labourers, become a director of labour, therefore a head-worker; and, on the other hand, there are among the manual labourers untold thousands who were originally elected to different callings, and who have gone through the studies required for such callings, but have exchanged the pen for the tool, either because they found themselves not perfectly qualified intellectually, or because their tastes have changed.

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  • "I'm kind of a head-worker in my way, but steady thinkin 'makes me sicker nor a pup.



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