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  • adj. of or pertaining to the working class


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  • Kelley was born in Detroit on Oct. 27, 1954, to what he described as a working-class Catholic family which influenced his art.

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  • But the phrase 'working-class' is the phrase I grew up with - and so much of the working-class thing is about thinking you're not allowed to do stuff.

    The Guardian World News

  • Pauline's relationship with her mother had become strained by the time she was 11, but she felt more affinity with her father, Arthur, a mechanic, whom she describes as "working-class and proud".

    Pauline Black: Going back to my roots

  • The British Empire Medal BEM, described as the working-class gong, is to be revived as David Cameron reverses one of John Major's signature reforms that was designed to create a classless society.

    David Cameron revives the British Empire Medal

  • I’m what you’d call an infidel and my husband called working-class.


  • Feminists were almost universally opposed to the new culture of young, working-class women.

    A Renegade History of the United States

  • Opposition to shopping grew especially severe during World War I, when bourgeois disgust over the new working-class culture took the form of well-organized campaigns against drinking, prostitution, and venereal disease, and in the moral condemnation of working-class spending habits.

    A Renegade History of the United States

  • When the Bureau of Labor Statistics and the National War Labor Board reported in 1918 that on average, “wage earners and the low or medium salaried families” had more than doubled the percentage of their spending on items other than food, shelter, and clothing since 1875, government policymakers and intellectuals set out to establish a “minimum comfort” budget for working-class families that would be frugal and thus patriotic.

    A Renegade History of the United States

  • Having originated in black and Italian, gay working-class nightclubs, by the middle of the decade, disco dominated the airwaves, the Billboard music charts, and the dance floors.

    A Renegade History of the United States

  • Lexicographers have found evidence that working-class Irish Americans either invented these terms, modified them from Gaelic origins, redefined them, or put them into common use.

    A Renegade History of the United States


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