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  • adj. Unemployed; not employed in one's preferred field.


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  • "The first term is '99ers,' referring to out-of-work Americans who have exhausted their 99 weeks of unemployment benefits," he wrote in an e-mail.

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  • What other out-of-work politician is elevated to the same level as the president during a national event, as Palin was with her speech on the Arizona tragedy?

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  • "A kind of psychological transformation has to take place; the out-of-work have to stop blaming themselves for their hard times and turn their anger on the bosses, the bureaucrats or the politicians who are in fact responsible."

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  • The cult British comedy "Withnail and I" 1987, a dark film following the lives of two out-of-work, heavy-drinking actors as they embark on a weekend in the Lake District, has provided numerous wine-related quotes that have almost become satirical folklore.

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  • In January, it signed a cooperation agreement with Germany to push German companies to offer jobs in Germany to out-of-work Spaniards, focusing on the engineering, health and tourism sectors.

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  • House lawmakers voted to end a withholding tax on government contractors and create a tax credit for firms that hire out-of-work veterans.

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  • More than 25% of the working population in Merthyr Tydfil and Blaenau Gwent are claiming out-of-work benefits, either incapacity benefit or jobseeker's allowance.

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  • Other guests include Mary Steenburgen as Ryan's free-spirited mom and Jane Kaczmarek as a cougarish attorney with an eye for out-of-work dogsitters.

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  • Income tax contributions from the laid-off workers, for example, could amount to almost £20m a year – and since private sector job creation remains worryingly weak, we may also have to include the cost of out-of-work benefits for many of these highly-skilled workers.

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  • Brugge's caretaker manager, Rudy Verkempinck, said Steve McClaren was "one on the list" to take over at the Belgian club but the out-of-work former England coach is not understood to be the first choice at this stage.

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