wage slave

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wage slave

n. Informal
A wage earner whose livelihood is completely dependent on the wages earned.

wage slave

n
(Industrial Relations & HR Terms) ironic a person dependent on a wage or salary

wage′ slave`


n.
a person who works for a wage, being totally dependent on such income.
[1885–90]
wage′ slav`ery, n.
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You have crushed your wage slaves into the dirt and you have survived.
LIKES: PUBS, EVERTON AND HALF MAN HALF BISCUIT HATES: EVERYTHING ELSE AS WAGE slaves trudged back to work this week with heavy hearts and, in some cases, heads - but much lighter bank accounts - there was one question on many lips: "Should I continue with Dry January or urgently make plans to meet up with friends in the pub, in the hope that it will get me through this miserable month?
For the sake of the wage slaves working there - and to break Blatter's grip on our beautiful game.
They don't call us wage slaves for nothing, you know.
I tried so hard to feel sympathy for the snaking miserable line of fellow wage slaves, unbuckling belts and slipping off shoes into those plastic trays - but no - I was now one of the chosen.
We plebs are viewed as inferior wage slaves who strive and sweat for the good of a superior wealthy clique championed by Cameron.
Scott Gottlieb, a resident fellow at the American Enterprise Institute, Washington, argued that PPACA will reduce the level competition and the overall supply of health care, by turning doctors into salaried, less productive wage slaves and reducing the supply of capital entrepreneurs need to create new and better ways to deliver health care.
Opponents have declared them to be a sign of slavery - slaves wore rings around their necks and wage slaves wear ties around their necks.
WITH Bridesmaids set to be the funniest film of 2011, the runner-up prize may well go to this coal-black comedy about three wage slaves who plot to kill their bosses.
Joe, on Captain Cameron's orders, throws overboard public sector wage slaves and the helpless, but with a mutinous fist and a tear in his eye.
Professional sportsmen do not fall into the category of wage slaves - they get paid handsomely to do what would be their main hobby regardless of whether there was any money in it for them - but Poulter often bleats away on Twitter about the supposed demands of Tour golf.
It did nothing to improve the lot of the serfs and peasants of that time, or the lives of the downtrodden wage slaves during the following centuries.