sweat·​shop ˈswet-ˌshäp How to pronounce sweatshop (audio)
: 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 Depressingly, Lorenz seems to believe that recording videos that hawk clothes made in an Indonesian sweatshop fulfills some kind of liberatory ideal. Alexander Nazaryan, Los Angeles Times, 2 Oct. 2023 Fires, as the name suggests, were a constant threat to workers in the crowded sweatshops, printing plants and factory lofts stacked within its 19th-century buildings. Zoë Lescaze, New York Times, 28 Sep. 2023 The workers sued the companies that contracted with the sweatshop, who agreed to pay more than $3.7 million to 150 El Monte workers. Kimmy Yam, NBC News, 22 Sep. 2023 Clinton and another former sweatshop employee, Nantha Jaknang, also spoke onstage about their experiences in the compound in the early ‘90s. Kimmy Yam, NBC News, 22 Sep. 2023 Back then, East Williamsburg was in the midst of massive changes—my apartment building had been an old sweatshop only months before, and there were new buildings going up on every corner. Françoise Mouly, The New Yorker, 11 Sep. 2023 The company is named for his grandfather, the son of a Lithuanian sweatshop worker, who built a family concern that sold sand, gravel, lime and coal into a Chicago business empire worth billions. Daniel E. Slotnik, New York Times, 27 June 2023 Charney set up factories in Los Angeles and gave workers who would otherwise find employment in sweatshops a rosier alternative. Rachel Tashjian, Washington Post, 2 Aug. 2023 But, in their determination to prepare students for employment, many schools, like other institutions at the time, came to resemble sweatshops, making blind children spin wool and grind tobacco for subminimum wages. Andrew Leland, The New Yorker, 8 July 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1884, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of sweatshop was in 1884

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“Sweatshop.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/sweatshop. Accessed 2 Dec. 2023.

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sweat·​shop -ˌshäp How to pronounce sweatshop (audio)
: a shop or factory in which employees work long hours at low wages under unhealthy conditions

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