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day labor Syllabification: day la·bor

Definition of day labor in English:

noun

Unskilled labor paid by the day.
Example sentences
  • Thousands of immigrants scratch out a meager living in gardening, day labor, factory and farm work, and babysitting.
  • Delinquent children in these houses of refuge performed day labor, toiling at tasks such as tailoring and silver plating.
  • In the far-northern city of Harbin, grubby men loiter on street corners, soaking up the coal-scented air and looking for day labor.

Derivatives

day laborer
noun
Example sentences
  • I want work,’ commented one Latin American day laborer criticizing the proposed ordinance.
  • The story concerns itself with a middle-aged, nearly disabled day laborer in economically depressed upstate New York.
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