sweat·​shop | \ ˈswet-ˌshäp How to pronounce sweatshop (audio) \

Definition of sweatshop

: a shop or factory in which employees work for long hours at low wages and under unhealthy conditions

Examples of sweatshop in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web But with new technologies, fashion production started to increase dramatically, often leading to tragic sweatshop disasters. Emma Seymour, Good Housekeeping, 21 Apr. 2022 To many film workers, particularly those on lower-budget projects, Hollywood’s dream factory is too often beginning to feel more like a sweatshop. Josh Rottenberg, Los Angeles Times, 27 Oct. 2021 In New York, the Keatons found themselves at war with city reformers who were evidently more passionate about keeping children off the vaudeville stage than about keeping them out of the sweatshop; arrests and court appearances ensued. Adam Gopnik, The New Yorker, 24 Jan. 2022 My mother labored away in a sweatshop making shirts. CBS News, 25 Feb. 2022 The doors to stairwells and exits at the sweatshop were locked. Ray Sanchez, CNN, 16 Jan. 2022 Remember that Nike spoof, Eris running shoes, about a pitiable boy who works in a sweatshop and accidentally sews his hands together? Ade D. Adeniji, Wired, 27 Oct. 2021 Her father, a tailor, found work in a sweatshop and died when Stella was 2. Andrew Lewis, Los Angeles Times, 25 Oct. 2021 If your leggings are recycled but were sewn in a sweatshop, how is that progress? Emily Farra, Vogue, 18 Oct. 2021 See More

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First Known Use of sweatshop

1884, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of sweatshop was in 1884

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28 Apr 2022

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“Sweatshop.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/sweatshop. Accessed 23 May. 2022.

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