meat·​pack·​ing | \ ˈmēt-ˌpa-kiŋ How to pronounce meatpacking (audio) \

Definition of meatpacking

: the wholesale meat industry

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Recent Examples on the Web Six employees died of asphyxiation, others were injured, and still others were traumatized in an event that led to calls for greater safety in the notoriously perilous meatpacking industry. Joshua Sharpe, ajc, 27 Sep. 2021 In Nebraska, where immigrants are the backbone of the large meatpacking industry, people without legal status will be vaccinated last, officials said. New York Times, 1 Mar. 2021 In September, a neighborhood advisory commissioner filed a National Register of Historic Places application to have the building at 3701 Benning Road — once part of a thriving meatpacking industry — declared historic. Washington Post, 3 Dec. 2020 The company demanded a 23% wage cut as rollbacks hit the struggling meatpacking industry. Star Tribune, 23 Feb. 2020 The meatpacking industry was especially hard hit by the virus that spread quickly through plants where workers stand shoulder-to-shoulder on production lines., 6 Dec. 2021 The Federal Communications Commission is also looking actions that shut down tenant's access to broadband options, the official said, and the Department of Agriculture is working to combat consolidation in meatpacking. Kate Sullivan, CNN, 10 Sep. 2021 Eight labor and civil rights groups filed a federal complaint Friday alleging the state has failed to protect workers in meatpacking, dairy, construction, transportation, health care facilities, nursing homes and other industries. From Usa Today Network And Wire Reports, USA TODAY, 17 Nov. 2020 Senior White House officials published an analysis in September on the role of concentration in the meatpacking industry on higher prices. Jeff Stein, Anchorage Daily News, 21 Nov. 2021

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First Known Use of meatpacking

1857, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of meatpacking was in 1857

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2 Jan 2022

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“Meatpacking.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 Jan. 2022.

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English Language Learners Definition of meatpacking

: the business of killing animals for meat and getting the meat ready to be sold

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