meat·​pack·​ing ˈmēt-ˌpa-kiŋ How to pronounce meatpacking (audio)
: the wholesale meat industry

Examples of meatpacking in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Restaurant work and related industries such as agriculture and meatpacking are demanding, poorly paid, and typically performed by the most vulnerable among us: undocumented immigrants. Adam Federman, The New Republic, 7 July 2023 Tillman is the daughter of Hannah-Jones’s uncle, Edward Tillman, who worked in meatpacking and steel, had no health insurance, and died from undiagnosed cancer. Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor, The New Yorker, 28 Feb. 2023 Federal regulations over the decades have tightened quality controls in meatpacking – and hot dog production. Mike Snider, USA TODAY, 2 July 2022 In recent months 10 states have introduced or passed laws weakening labor protections for minors, even in notoriously dangerous industries, such as meatpacking. Naomi Oreskes, Scientific American, 1 June 2023 Child labor was finally brought under control in 1938, when Congress passed (and the Supreme Court upheld) the Fair Labor Standards Act, which, among other things, banned child labor in hazardous trades, including coal mining, firefighting and most meatpacking. Naomi Oreskes, Scientific American, 1 June 2023 In the past two years, lawmakers in at least 11 states have sought to loosen child labor laws to help employers fill empty jobs, even as federal officials and news investigations suggest that many minors working in manufacturing, meatpacking and construction jobs are being exploited or hurt. Stephen Elliott, USA TODAY, 18 Apr. 2023 Lawmakers in several states are introducing bills to get rid of certain regulations for children to enter industries such as meatpacking and construction. Breccan F. Thies, Washington Examiner, 9 May 2023 Last month, the U.S. division of Brazilian meatpacking giant JBS disclosed a cyberattack that forced the company to temporarily shut beef, pork and poultry plants across the U.S., Canada and Australia. Jacob Bunge, WSJ, 24 June 2021 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1857, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of meatpacking was in 1857

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“Meatpacking.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 Sep. 2023.

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