sub·con·trac·tor | \ˌsəb-ˈkän-ˌtrak-tər, ˌsəb-kən-ˈtrak-\

Definition of subcontractor 

: an individual or business firm contracting to perform part or all of another's contract

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Approximately 25 subcontractors remain unpaid, Yergler said. Benjy Egel, sacbee, "Former Burgers & Brew contractor sues for $1.2 million as brewery nears opening," 22 June 2018 The Washington City Paper reported that construction is behind on three replacement shelters that were supposed to open this year and that a subcontractor handling much of the construction lacked qualifications for the job. Peter Jamison, Washington Post, "Weakened D.C. General shelter bill draws ire from advocates for homeless," 10 July 2018 The letter went further and authorized Eskom to pay Trillian directly, rather than through McKinsey, as was customary for a subcontractor. New York Times, "How McKinsey Lost Its Way in South Africa," 26 June 2018 Workers for a Smarte Carte subcontractor collect the carts and return them to dispensing units. Kelly Yamanouchi, ajc, "Hartsfield-Jackson luggage cart contract pressured by industry shifts," 2 June 2018 If framing is delayed, a manager clicks a button that pushes back the tasks of other subcontractors, who receive alerts. Paul Davidson, USA TODAY, "With construction workers scarce, homebuilders turn to robots, software," 25 June 2018 Would an airline simply choose a different subcontractor, one that wasn’t unionized and might cost less? Juliana Feliciano Reyes,, "It took 6 years for PHL airport workers to double their pay to $12. Here's how they did it," 11 June 2018 The state of California today found Cheesecake Factory and its janitorial subcontractors liable in a $4.57 million wage theft case related to hundreds of underpaid employees at eight San Diego and Orange County locations. City News Service,, "Cheesecake Factory and Contractors Fined $4.57 Million for Labor Violations," 11 June 2018 The project calls for the use of high-strength steel rail for the $1.6 billion subway, but Tutor Perini and a subcontractor, Con-Quest Contractors, installed standard-strength rails, the MTA said. Michael Cabanatuan, San Francisco Chronicle, "SF subway stalled after contractor lays down wrong track, city says," 10 May 2018

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1798, in the meaning defined above

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Legal Definition of subcontractor 

: one (as an individual or business) that contracts to perform part or all of the obligations of another's contract

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