wage slave


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wage slave

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

n
(Industrial Relations & HR Terms) ironic a person dependent on a wage or salary
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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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of M., are not content to become wage slaves. The great trusts and business combinations (with which you have your rating) prevent us from rising to the place among you which our intellects qualify us to occupy.
You have crushed your wage slaves into the dirt and you have survived.
Aspiring artist/storytellers David Horvath and his then-girlfriend Sun-Min Kim created the first character, Wage, when Horvath wrote a letter to Kim, including a sketch of a cartoonish, apron-clad wage slave. When Kim mailed him back a hand-sewn felt version of the figure, Horvath ran over to show it to a friend, Eric Nakamura, who had just opened the store Giant Robot, dedicated to Asian and Asian American pop culture.
This phone served me loyally through my transition from wage slave to gentleman of leisure.
The phrase wage slave is defined coolly by The Concise Oxford Dictionary of Current English as "a person who is wholly dependent on income from employment," with the notation "informal"--but not "ironic" or "jocular" or, better, "economically illiterate." By such a definition, you and I are slaves, even though we are paid the traded value of goods and services we produce at the margin for others.
Bodies start dropping when Vera Farmiga's super-glamorous femme fatale offers Neeson's wage slave $100,000 to find a fellow train passenger.
Following this pointed critique of capitalism, the script argues there are more noble contributions to be made to society than living life as a wage slave.
(www.npg.org.uk/ National Portrait Gallery) Watch it WESLEY, an office wage slave, turns out to be the son of an assassin and is soon inducted into a world of gifted killers in Wanted (Channel 4, tonight, 10pm).
Twenty years later, he's a bitter wage slave trapped in a crumbling marriage and growing apart from his own kids.
No one wants to be a corporate wage slave their entire life.
Author Jack Bernstein gives plenty of tips and advice for starting on the path to a career, rather than slipping into the life of a wage slave. "Get That Job!" is to be strongly considered for new job market contenders.
WORKING from home sounds great if you're a wage slave stuck in an office, shop or factory floor.