sub·​con·​trac·​tor | \ ˌsəb-ˈkän-ˌtrak-tər How to pronounce subcontractor (audio) , 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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Some of the subcontractors said the law allowed them to contribute within the six-month window because the donations came from them personally, not from their companies. Dominic Fracassa,, "Breed 2018 campaign probed for possible campaign finance violations," 19 Aug. 2019 That can mean several layers of subcontractors working on job sites with confusing lines of responsibility. Christopher Magan, Twin Cities, "Carpenters picket to highlight wage theft laws; contractors targeted dispute claims," 2 Aug. 2019 The recordings are then sent to Google subcontractors, who review them later to aid Google in understanding how different languages are spoken. Joshua Bote, USA TODAY, "Google workers are eavesdropping on your private conversations via its smart speakers," 11 July 2019 Of the $215 million that would be awarded to Intralot, nearly $120 million would be funneled directly to subcontractors. Washington Post, "Most of the District’s $215 million sports gambling contract to benefit political insiders," 28 June 2019 Changes set off a series of events, including going back to subcontractors on the job and working out schedules and payments for the work, Landino said. Kenneth R. Gosselin,, "In court testimony, fired Dunkin Donuts Park developer blames city for last-minute changes that led to missed construction deadline and delayed opening," 28 June 2019 The same goes for any subcontractors that may have worked on the job. Gary Singer,, "Ask a real estate pro: Contractor has skipped with my money without finishing job," 8 Aug. 2019 The District awarded the $14 million project without competitive bidding to developer 5th Street Partners, which then hired Moseley Construction to oversee construction and subcontractors. USA TODAY, "Leaping frogs, spiny lobsters, hostile roosters: News from around our 50 states," 26 July 2019 Then, subcontractors slapped liens on the property because they hadn’t been paid. Kenneth R. Gosselin,, "Long-stalled rental conversion of top floors of downtown Hartford’s Red Lion Hotel taken over by lender after developer defaults on loan," 24 July 2019

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First Known Use of subcontractor

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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