day laborer


Definition of day laborer

: one who works for daily wages especially as an unskilled laborer

Examples of day laborer in a Sentence

They hire day laborers to pick the apples.
Recent Examples on the Web Fighting to earn enough money as a day laborer, Connor is lured into a lucrative criminal world by Garrett (Stephen Amell), who works for Lincoln City’s reigning drug lord, Marcus Sutcliffe (Greg Bryk). Clark Collis,, "Stephen and Robbie Amell stay in the superpower zone for Code 8 trailer," 30 Oct. 2019 In 1839, the average Irish day laborer ate 12 pounds of the potato per day. Bill St. John, The Denver Post, "Get Cooking: Colombian exchange offered us the potato," 9 Oct. 2019 Her father, then 68 years old, lost his entire life savings and was left little choice but to work as a day laborer earning just $5 a day, McWilliams said. Matt Egan, CNN, "Her family lost its savings in a bank run in Yugoslavia. Now she's in charge of the FDIC," 12 Aug. 2019 The rule will mostly affect day laborers, including construction workers and agricultural workers. Camille Von Kaenel, The Mercury News, "California passes emergency rule for outdoor workers exposed to wildfire smoke," 22 July 2019 Normally, there are dozens of Hispanic men standing out along Broadway on a Monday morning, hoping to catch a job from people who come by looking for day laborers. Talia Richman,, "Threats of deportation raids frighten Baltimore immigrants: 'They're afraid to go outside'," 25 June 2019 Picked from a line of many like him outside a hardware store, Ernesto (Alejandro Patiño), an undocumented day laborer from Nayarit, Mexico, takes on the job. Carlos Aguilar, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Review: Unlikely friendship blossoms in ‘Papi Chulo’," 20 June 2019 Picked from a line of many like him outside a hardware store, Ernesto (Alejandro Patiño), an undocumented day laborer from Nayarit, Mexico, takes on the job., "Reviews: Matt Bomer in ‘Papi Chulo’; Seth Green’s ‘Changeland’; and more," 7 June 2019 She was dispatched to El Paso, Texas, a town where, she was told, day laborers crossed into the United States — sometimes with their children. Chris Harris,, "Former Cult Member Says Leader Asked Her to Kidnap a Mexican Child Who'd Crossed U.S. Border," 30 June 2018

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1528, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of day laborer

: a person who is hired for a day or more to do work that usually does not require special skills

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