from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.
- noun A shop or factory in which employees work long hours at low wages under poor conditions.
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- noun a
factoryor other place of work where pay is low and conditions are poor or even illegal.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- noun factory where workers do piecework for poor pay and are prevented from forming unions; common in the clothing industry
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To these people, unbelievable as it sounds to us spoiled Western civilization kids, the sweatshop is a positive force in their lives.
After consulting Webster's Dictionary, I discovered that "sweatshop" is in fact part of standard English, and not slang.
It sounds harsh, but the worst sweatshop is probably a lot better than what most Haitians have at present.
Authorities say many Chinese are working in sweatshop-like conditions that break European laws, and that many businesses don't pay taxes.
What the people who work for Bluewater are doing is working in sweatshop conditions hoping for a pat on the back and an extra bottle of water at the end of the day.
It has created a new capitalist class, a burgeoning middle class, and an urban proletariat that lives relatively better in sweatshop conditions than in rural destitution.
CAFFERTY: This is a $10 -- give or take a few dollars -- a $10 trillion a year economy in this country, and the word sweatshop has connotations that don't fit that number hardly at all.
Tell me what you mean when you use the word sweatshop to apply to white collar workers in the United States?
I thought the most ridiculous part of Kristof/Sachs and their finger-wagging at lefty anti-sweatshoppers is that they keep saying that a sweatshop is a leg up to something better.
A sweatshop is a workplace where workers are subjected to extreme exploitation, including the lack of a living wages or benefits, poor and dangerous working conditions, and harsh and unnecessary discipline, such as verbal and physical abuse.