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the dockworkers spent all afternoon taking crates off of the ship
Recent Examples on the Web When Wolff moved to Chelsea from Tennessee to chase a career in dance more than six decades ago, the neighborhood was largely Spanish-speaking, with single-room apartments for dockworkers. Natalie Wong,, "Google Quietly Expands in New York in Wake of Amazon’s Stumble," 12 May 2020 Thousands of angry dockworkers marched at the Port of Los Angeles. Margot Roosevelt,, "The robots are coming, L.A. port shipping giant tells union and politicians," 26 June 2019 Walking along the Baltimore wharf one day, Douglass stopped to help two Irish dockworkers unload a ship’s wares. Corey Robin, The New York Review of Books, "What People Power Looks Like in a Pandemic Democracy," 13 Apr. 2020 Thousands of dockworkers and truckers have lost work. Margot Roosevelt, Los Angeles Times, "The coronavirus will slam the brakes on California’s economic growth, study says," 12 Mar. 2020 Death at the Port of Oakland On break from her job as a dockworker at the Port of Oakland, Rasheeda Marsh crashed her Honda into the front of an unattached truck trailer, illegally parked in a left-hand turn lane on Middle Harbor Road. Caron Creighton,, "Bay Briefing: Coronavirus leads to frayed nerves, empty shelves," 2 Mar. 2020 Yet with dockworkers and truckers returning to work only gradually, delivery snarls are likely to persist into spring, Gold says. Paul Davidson, USA TODAY, "The odds of recession are rising but market sell-off doesn't mean it's inevitable," 9 Mar. 2020 Sundet, who did not return phone messages seeking comment, started as a dockworker in the 1980s. Tribune News Service, oregonlive, "How a feud over two jobs tipped the West Coast longshore union toward bankruptcy," 29 Nov. 2019 In her closing argument, Amanda Gamblin, an attorney for ICTSI, mocked dockworkers who said they were devastated when the terminal closed. Tribune News Service, oregonlive, "How a feud over two jobs tipped the West Coast longshore union toward bankruptcy," 29 Nov. 2019

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First Known Use of dockworker

1913, in the meaning defined above

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“Dockworker.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 7 Aug. 2020.

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US : a person who loads and unloads ships at a port

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