from The Century Dictionary.
- noun A working ant. See
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Still, the worker-ant reporters had brought only facts.
Come with me to the East and to the self-built Courts of the Monied and to the huge hives of the Publishing Empires along the coast … and I will show you worker-ant patterns in women taken to such extremes that the women will use their beds as desks to dictate to the family and their corporate sister and brother-ants, even though the woman herself just came from chemotherapy two hours ago.
"steel magnolias" who follow the worker-ant pattern precisely.
In this way thousands of men and women fulfill at small cost, voluntarily and gratis, and with great effect, the least attractive and more repulsive social needs, thus performing in human society the role which, inside the ant-hill, we see assigned to the sexless worker-ant. [