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

That, Dovey Johnson Roundtree knew, could have immense significance for her client, a feebleminded day laborer accused of one of the most sensational murders of the mid-20th century. Margalit Fox, New York Times, "Dovey Johnson Roundtree, Barrier-Breaking Lawyer, Dies at 104," 21 May 2018 When members of his cabinet pointed out that the country relies on day laborers who cross the border each day, Mr. Trump said that was fine, but continued to complain, one person said. New York Times, "Kirstjen Nielsen, Chief of Homeland Security, Almost Resigned After Trump Tirade," 10 May 2018 Many of them had been working outdoors as day laborers, Soomro said. Zia Ur-rehman, The Seattle Times, "How record heat has wreaked havoc on four continents," 31 July 2018 Her husband, a day laborer, suffered heatstroke this year, missing a week’s work — and a week’s pay. Somini Sengupta, The Seattle Times, "In India, summer heat could soon be unbearable — literally," 17 July 2018 Abdus Shakur, a local resident who works as a day laborer, told The Associated Press last week. Washington Post, "Toxic tanneries forced to move pollute new Bangladesh site," 6 July 2018 Caceres works on a small family plot growing corn and beans, but relies on getting work as a day laborer, making just $4 a day. Jim Wyss And Brenda Medina, miamiherald, "Honduran man separated from son at U.S. border 2 months ago fears he 'lost everything'," 5 July 2018 That, Dovey Johnson Roundtree knew, could have immense significance for her client, a feeble-minded day laborer accused of one of the most sensational murders of the mid-20th century. Margalit Fox,, "Dovey Johnson Roundtree, barrier-breaking lawyer, 104," 23 May 2018 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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