an·​ti-sweat·​shop | \ ¦an-tī-¦swet-ˌshäp How to pronounce anti-sweatshop (audio) , ¦an-tē- \
variants: or less commonly antisweatshop

Definition of anti-sweatshop

: opposing or prohibiting sweatshops anti-sweatshop legislation Anti-sweatshop leaders and some members of Congress have long sought to increase wages and protect the islands' garment workers …— Rebecca Clarren, Ms., Spring 2006 Living wage and antisweatshop struggles simultaneously show the burgeoning strength and the existing limitations of new labor-based movements.— Dan Clawson, The Next Upsurge, 2003

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First Known Use of anti-sweatshop

1896, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for anti-sweatshop

anti- entry 1 + sweatshop

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The first known use of anti-sweatshop was in 1896

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“Anti-sweatshop.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 Oct. 2020.

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